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Maple Braised Bacon Recipe with Beer and K.O. Ketchup

Recipe by Erin Eastland
Photos by Amy Sheridan

Ok all of you bacon heads, time to see your favorite pork pal in a new light -and we suggest you toss aside the slabs because a hunk of bacon is just so much more fun. With beer, maple syrup and K.O., this bacon recipe has got all of the trappings for a nice masculine pre-meal treat. Keep in mind it’s slow braised, so start it in the morning and have it ready by afternoon game time.

K.O. & Beer Braised Bacon

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 3 hours, 25 minutes

Total Time 3 hours, 30 minutes

Serves 4-6


  • 1.5 lb slab of bacon in one piece
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 18 oz. good dark beer
  • 1 cup K.O.
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • sprig of rosemary


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  1. Coat a medium heavy bottomed pot with the olive oil and place over med/high heat.
  2. Sear the bacon, fat side down, until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Flip and sear the other side.
  4. Turn the heat down if it begins to smoke.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool 1 minute.
  6. Add the beer, maple syrup, K.O. and rosemary.
  7. Stir to incorporate and bring to a boil.

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  1. Cover tightly with a lid or aluminum foil and transfer to the oven.
  2. Cook for 2.5 hours or until the meat is very tender.

  1. Carefully remove the bacon and transfer to a cutting board.
  2. Bring the braising liquid to a boil and reduce by ½, skim off fat.
  3. Season if necessary.

Serve the bacon sliced with the reduced braising liquid over polenta or any kind of creamy mash or shred and make the best pork slider you have EVER had. Goes great with a tangy, spicy slaw.

finished photo of braised bacon


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Try this Wedge Salad Recipe with K.O. and Blue Cheese Dressing

Recipe by Erin Eastland
Photos by Amy Sheridan

With all of the protein heavy dishes that you’ll have strewn about your smorgasbord you’ll probably be looking for a little green relief. That said, understand that K.O.’s limits aren’t stunted by the presence of vegetables. So, if you’re looking for something vegetal to pair with those K.O. Chicken Wings or the K.O. Ketchup Meatloaf, aim for this Wedge Salad Recipe with Blue Cheese to add a little variety to your meal.

Wedge Salad with K.O. and Blue Cheese Dressing

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Serves 8


  • SALAD :
  • 2 heads of iceberg lettuce, outisde layers removed
  • 1/2 lb thick cut bacon, sliced into 1/2 in. strips
  • 1 lg or 1 small tomatoes
  • chopped chives to garnish
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 oz. blue cheese, such as buttermilk blue
  • 1 Tbsp. ciger vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. K.O. ketchup
  • 1 tsp. minced shallot
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. Cook the bacon until crispy and drain on a paper towel.
  2. Reserve fat for another purpose.

Make the dressing

  1. In a medium bowl whisk together the creme fraiche, mayo, buttermilk, vinegar, KO, shallot and salt.
  2. Crumble the cheese into the dressing and use the whisk to mash into the dressing to incorporate.
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

  1. Slice the iceberg into wedges and arrange on a platter, pointy side up.
  2. Chop the tomatoes.
  3. Spoon a good amount of dressing over each wedge and garnish with the crispy bacon, diced tomatoes and chopped chives.


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Sub the Spice for Some Flavor: K.O. Ketchup Chicken Wing Recipe

Recipe by Erin Eastland
Photos by Amy Sheridan

Tired of Franks Red Hot? Sure, sometimes we like a good spice, but if you’re tired of profuse sweating, wiping snot from your nose and pounding a quart of milk after every bite, we suggest you try giving your wings a new, slightly milder twist. Instead of opting for the overbearing heat, add some variety to your chicken with these tangy sweet, slightly spicy chipotle K.O. Ketchup sauce.

K.O. Ketchup Chicken Wings

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 40 minutes

Total Time 50 minutes

Serves 4-6


  • WINGS :
  • 3 lbs wings
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • cracked pepper
  • 8 cups peanut or canola oil
  • GLAZE :
  • 1 cup homemade chicken stock, or store bought low sodium
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup K.O. ketchup
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup cold butter

Preheat oven to 375.

Prepare the wings

  1. If the wings are not already prepared, cut them in half at the joint and remove the wing tips. You can ask your butcher to do this for you. Reserve the tips for stock or soup.
  2. Coat the wings in the olive oil, salt and pepper and roast on a sheet pan for 30 minutes.

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While the wings are cooking start to heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pot to 325 degrees.

Make the glaze

  1. Add the stock, vinegar, syrup, K.O. and orange juice to a small heavy bottomed pot.
  2. Bring to a boil and then a simmer until reduced by ⅔ and the liquid is thick, shiny and bubbly.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the cold butter.
  4. Set aside.

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  1. Once the wings are done in the oven fry them in two or three batches (depending on how deep your pot is) for 5 minutes at a time. You do not want to overcrowd the pot or it will boil over.
  2. Transfer the cooked wings to a paper towel lined sheet pan.
  3. Once they are all crispy and golden brown toss them in a large bowl with desired amount of glaze.

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