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Easy Easter Brunch Tips with Bourbon Brown Sugar Bacon

Don’t stress over what to feed your family this Easter! These Easy Easter Brunch Tips with Bourbon Brown Sugar Bacon will put your mind at ease!

This post is sponsored by Rhodes Bread. All thoughts and opinions are my own

Every year, I try to convince one of our families to do Easter brunch instead of our usual ham, potato salad, deviled eggs… etc for lunch. But, it never works. Just once, I would love to have a huge brunch feast complete with mimosas and all fixings. Since I don’t get have my dream come true, I thought I would share with you my Easy Easter Brunch Tips with Bourbon Brown Sugar Bacon so that I can live vicariously through you. Lucky.

Tip 1: Have some elements be DIY: For example, set up a build your own bagel station complete with sweet and savory bagels, different flavors of cream cheese, and toppings, like fresh fruit, smoked salmon, and herbs. If you choose to serve cocktails, set up a Bloody Mary bar or a place where everyone can mix their own mimosa. This way, brunch is fun and interactive and you can worry about other things.

Tip 2: take some help from the grocery store: You probably noticed decadent-looking cinnamon rolls in these photos. They may look homemade, but they’re actually Rhodes Anytime! Cinnamon Rolls. They just introduced new packaging, and they now come in a box with a cute little scalloped tray that’s both cute AND functional! Because of this new tray, the rolls bake more evenly and you can serve them straight from the tray without having to dirty another dish. If you’re a fan of the original Rhodes Anytime! Cinnamon Rolls, don’t fear! They’re the same great rolls, just with a new look and box that makes them easier to find on store shelves, takes up less space in your freezer, and adds an extra layer of protection from freezer burn.

Tip 3: Make one show-stopping side and one main dish: There’s no need to go crazy and make 15 dishes. Go for one main dish, like these Open-Faced Monte Cristos and one drool-worthy side that’ll have everyone talking, like this Bourbon Brown Sugar Bacon. It’s crispy yet chewy, sweet yet salty, and gets stuck in your teeth in the best way possible. I could actually lick my screen now just thinking about it. You take the (very little) time to make this and everyone will go nuts!

Tip 4: Prep ahead: If you can cross tasks off your to-do list the day before your brunch, do it! Whip up an easy make-ahead dish like this Bacon Veggie Breakfast Casserole so that’s one less thing you have to do the day of. You can also get all of your chopping done, set the table, decorate, and sit out all the flatware. And don’t forget to enlist the help of everyone else in the house to clean and prep!

Tip 5: Keep it simple: It may seem like an obvious one, but even I’ve been guilty of taking on too much. Whatever you do, keep everything minimal. If the recipe is going to take you longer than 30 minutes of active labor, move on and think of something else to make. That means, frittatas instead of poached eggs and banana bread instead of pancakes. You get the picture.

Don’t forget to check out the new packaging of the Rhodes Anytime! Cinnamon Rolls!

Easy Easter Brunch Tips with Bourbon Brown Sugar Bacon

Easy Easter Brunch Tips with Bourbon Brown Sugar Bacon

Yield: 12 Strips
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Combine the bourbon and brown sugar in a small bowl, whisk to combine.
  3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. Place the bacon on top of the wire rack and brush the top of the bacon with the bourbon-brown sugar mixture. Crack a few twists of black pepper over the top.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, flip the bacon, brush with the remainder of the bourbon-brown sugar mixture and bake for another 15 minutes or until it reaches the desired level of crispiness. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then serve immediately.

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