1 pound good quality thick sliced bacon
1/2 cup pure Grade B maple syrup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Finely ground black pepper to taste
Line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy foil. Place a baking rack over the lined sheet pan and arrange the bacon slices across the rack next to each other, not overlapping.
In a small bowl, whisk the maple syrup and mustard. Generously spoon over the top of the bacon, and bake 12-15 minutes. Turn the bacon over and baste with the syrup mixture. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the bacon has reached desired crispiness.
Carefully remove the sheet pan from the oven. Sprinkle the hot bacon with a scant pinch of finely ground black pepper. Let the bacon rest on the rack for 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 4-6 servings.