Bacon-Bourbon Brownies with Pecans

Kat Kinsman tops her rich brownies with bacon and pecans. To enhance the smoky flavor, she mixes some of the bacon fat into the batter.


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  • Servings: Makes 24 brownies

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  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 packed cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing 2 inches of overhang on 2 opposite sides. Spray the paper with vegetable spray. Spread the pecans in a pie plate and toast for about 8 minutes, until fragrant. Let cool, then coarsely chop the nuts.

  2. In a skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat, turning once, until crisp, 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels and let cool; reserve 3 tablespoons of the fat. Finely chop the bacon.

  3. In a saucepan, combine both chocolates with the butter and stir over very low heat, until melted; scrape into a large bowl. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat in both sugars with the reserved 3 tablespoons of bacon fat. Beat in the bourbon. Add the eggs and salt and beat until smooth. Sift the cocoa and flour into the bowl and beat until blended.

  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the bacon and pecans on top. Bake for about 50 minutes, until the brownies are set around the edges but slightly wobbly in the center; a toothpick inserted into the center should have some batter clinging to it. Transfer the pan to a rack and let the brownies cool completely. Lift the brownies out of the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into squares or rectangles and serve.

Contributed By Photo © Fredrika Stjärne Published August 2011

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Aggregate Rating value: 3

Review Count: 844

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Carolyncooks

Review Body: Sounded delicious with four of my fave ingredients: chocolate, bacon, pecans and bourbon. It wasn't, just expensive to make and no exceptional taste. Awfully dense. Seems like something is missing.

Date Published: 2016-09-04

Author Name: gillsbestgirl

Review Body: I tried them, too. They should have been better. They were somewhat leaden. I followed the recipe faithfully, but noticed there was no baking soda or baking powder. Could that be what was missing?

Date Published: 2017-03-10