I followed a few different recipes to come up with my favorite twist. I would definitely recommend making an assembly line with all your ingredients to make the process go smoothly. I found coating the bacon pieces in the brown sugar mixture before I wrapped them around apricots was the best way to go.
Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Apricots
1 lb bacon (I ended up with 16 pieces of bacon which I then sliced into thirds crosswise)
Dried apricots (I eyeballed how many I wanted/needed out of the bulk bins at our local Central Market)
1/2 C brown sugar
1 t cayenne pepper
1 t black pepper
2 T pure maple syrup
- Heat oven to 375º F.
- Stir the brown sugar, cayenne pepper and black pepper together and then dump onto a large plate so you can coat the bacon pieces into the brown sugar mixture.
- Wrap each apricot with a piece of brown sugar bacon, and place seam-side down on a baking sheet.
- Bake until the bacon is beginning to crisp, 6 to 8 minutes per side. (Mine too longer than this just FYI)
- Remove from oven and brush with the maple syrup. Serve with toothpicks.
***Sorry for lack of a picture!