A while back - the Mr. and I were watching television. I had maneuvered the remote control, so it was on Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives. They were showing some diner on there that served waffles which were stuffed with strips of bacon. How cool is that?!
That episode came to mind when I was in the kitchen prepping the bacon. Hey, why not just leave it whole? So, that's what I did. Thank you, Food Network :)
Next time I make these, I think I'm going to lay a couple of pieces of bacon in there halfway - so half of it is hanging out, and you see it better. But, this works perfectly - and it's so good!
If you don't have a waffle maker, then I'm sure you could adapt a little with a simple pancake recipe encased in bacon too. Now, doesn't that sound delicious?
The brown sugar is bacon & the waffle/syrup combination is so good. The mix of the flavors is perfect, and the result is one amazing breakfast. Or don't eat it for breakfast & stuff it with sandwich toppings. I bet that would be good!
Line baking sheet with foil & spray with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange bacon in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with brown sugar. Place in the upper thrid of the oven & bake until sugar is caramelized & bacon is brown & crispy, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven. Immediately remove bacon slices using a pair of tongs. Work quickly or they will stick. Place them on a cutting board (not paper towels - they will stick!) to cool.
Set up your waffle iron on a level surface & turn on to preheat.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, & brown sugar. Whisk to blend.
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, buttermilk, & vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients & fold. Stir gently until combined. Try not to overmix the batter or the waffles will become tough.
Pour your batter into the waffle maker. Set a few slices of bacon in the batter - either all the way in or halfway out (whichever your preference). Cook the waffles per your waffle maker's instructions.