So you know bacon…yeah, you’ve been doing it wrong. I know what you’re thinking. “How can I be doing bacon wrong?” I was once just like you, until I tasted pure bliss. I went out to brunch a few weekends ago with Stacy LaLa and we ate at one of my favorite farm to table restaurants ever, Sea & Smoke, and I ordered a side of their Brown Sugar Bacon. Little did I know that I had just ordered a side of Heaven. “Wait did she just say sugar? I thought this was a clean eating blog?” I hear the Paleo Police sirens in the background. I think it’s a Paleo felony to deface bacon with actual *gasp* sugar. So I’m gonna make a run for it, but not before I share my Paleo-ized version of the Brown Sugar Bacon and these Skillet Brownie Sundaes with you. Oh did I forget to mention Skillet Brownie Sundaes? Yeah, that’s how good this bacon is, I kid you not.
Paleo(fx) is just around the corner. Are you guys going? It will be my first time in Austin. I really just want to eat everywhere. Especially at Franklin’s Barbeque. I read this whole article about Franklin’s and how it’s the best barbeque in the world. Anthony Bourdain ate there once. Franklin’s is famous for more than just their beef brisket, they are famous for their line to just get in the door. Every single day, except Monday’s because they are closed, there is usually a 2-3 hour long line outside just to get into the restaurant. They even have a chair guy who rents chairs for $5 bucks a pop. Genius. That guy probably drives a Mercedes and is living the high life. Then there is a CVS across the street where you can buy booze to make your line waiting a bit more enjoyable.
I told Brad about this whole thing and he proceeded to tell me he would never under any circumstances wait in a 3 hour line for food, even if it is supposed to be the best barbeque in the world. I then had to explain my stance. First of all, you should know by now, I’m a full fledged foodie. Obviously. A 3 hour line doesn’t scare me in the slightest, pssh, bring it. I LOVE food. Not just any food, but GOOD FOOD. You know what I like even better than good food? THE BEST FOOD. Obviously if there is a 3 hour line everyday, they are doing something right. I explained to Brad, look, this is how I see it. It’s all part of the experience. The Franklin’s Experience. It doesn’t start with your first bite, it starts in line. First of all you’re on vacation, what else do you really have to do? So you bring $5 and rent a chair from the chair guy, and buy some booze at CVS and then mingle with the fellow line waiters, after all you’re all in the same predicament, so why not have a good time! Get to know the locals, start up conversations, play “Head’s Up” on your iPhone (my new favorite game btw). Make it an experience! Then guess what, when you come home you get to tell everyone about your entire experience of eating the worlds best barbeque, waiting in the world’s longest line and how it all started with renting a chair from the chair guy for $5. After I finished my rant, Brad looked at me and said, “You know what, I’ve never looked at it like that, you’re absolutely right. What a jerk I must sound like complaining about a 3 hour line.” Do you see why I love this man? He’s the best. I really just liked that he could see my point of view and didn’t think I was bats*** crazy. So what else do I need to see and do in Austin guys, tell me, tell me, I’m so excited!
I’ll be staying in a blogger house with Juli from PaleOMG, George from Civilized Caveman, Bill and Haley from Primal Palate, their assistant Kara, and Stacy LaLa, who will be there as a fellow foodie and for moral support. It’s going to be like the Paleo Real World you guys. It’s going to be so awesome. I seriously can’t even wait. I’m actually really excited to meet other fellow bloggers who I know so well on the interwebs but have never met in real life. Yay. You know what else is yay? The “Brown Sugar” Bacon crumbles on top of these Paleo Skillet Brownie Sundaes.
1. Pre-heat over to 400.
2. Line a baking sheet with tin foil. Place a metal cooling rack on top of the foil lined baking sheet.
3. Pour the coconut sugar, maple sugar, and chili powder on to a large plate and mix together using your hand. Drag each slice of bacon through the ingredients on the plate until both sides are coated lightly and evenly. Place each slice on the metal rack, spaced evenly.
4. Bake for 20 minutes. While the bacon is cooking, go ahead and start preparing the brownie batter. Once the bacon is done, remove from oven and set aside to let cool. While your brownies are cooking, take desired amount of bacon and dice into bits to crumble on top of the finished skillet brownie sundae.
Paleo Skillet Brownies
*Makes 2-4 servings
3 ounce dark chocolate bar (I used Alter Eco)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup creamy almond butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup, grade b
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 organic cage free eggs
1/4 cup coconut sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of chocolate chips
1. Set oven to 350 F.
2. In a medium sized metal bowl, melt the dark chocolate bar using the double boiler method by placing the bowl over a simmering pot of water and stirring intermittently until melted.
3. Once the chocolate is melted, slowly stir in the liquid coconut oil.
4. Then using a whisk, stir in the almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and eggs.
5. Now whisk in the dry ingredients, the coconut palm sugar and unsweetened cocoa powder.
6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
7. Grease 2 mini skillets or one standard sized skillet with coconut oil and pour in the brownie batter.
8. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. While your skillet brownies are cooling go ahead and make your magic shell coating. Once brownies are cooled, garnish with ice cream, magic shell coating, and “brown sugar” bacon crumbles.
Magic Shell Coating
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1. Melt chocolate using the double boiler method by placing a large metal bowl over a simmering pot of water and stirring intermittently until melted.
2. Remove from heat and stir in coconut oil until combined. Use a spoon to drizzle over ice cream.
1 scoop of preferred ice cream
or make your own at home:
Paleo Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
2 cans coconut milk, full fat
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1/2 cup pure maple syrup, grade b
pinch of sea salt
1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix until well combined.
2. Pour mixture into the bowl of your ice cream maker and follow the instructions according to the manufacturer. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, pour the mixture into a metal loaf pan, cover with saran wrap, and freeze for at least 6 hours. For firmer ice cream freeze overnight.
The recipe asks for you to prepare more bacon than you will actually use for the sundaes. The reason behind this is, well just taste the bacon, then you will know and I won’t have to type out an explanation. I have already made this bacon in several other recipes like, Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Brussels Sprouts and Bacon, etc. etc. and I’m sure you will see it pop up in many more of my recipes to come. It’s literally my favorite thing on planet Earth right now.
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I have to know what you think of the bacon. Speaking of things that are as awesome as bacon, I need to give a shout out to my girl Krishy! I recently met up with some old CrossFit friends for drinner (no, I didn’t spell dinner wrong, drinner is short for drinks and dinner, or drunk dinner. What? If breakfast and lunch is brunch why can’t there be drinner?) anyways as I was saying, my friend Krishelle was there and I haven’t seen her in forever and she told me how she literally reads every single one of my blog posts. She really does you guys, I tested her even (here is a #2 pencil for you, I’ve got my scan-trons in my purse somewhere, let me find one for you). It really meant a lot to me because I know how busy people get in life and it’s not always easy to find time to read stuff, even your friend’s stuff, especially a food blog, written by someone with no formal writing experience, who blabs on about a lot of random things. So thank you to everyone who reads this on a weekly basis. All two of you. You know who you are…Krishy and TSL…and you, yes you who are reading this right now, I’ll try to keep it interesting for you!