How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a wire rack coated with cooking spray inside prepared baking sheet. Arrange bacon slices in a single layer on rack, leaving a little space between slices. Sprinkle evenly with 6 tablespoons of the brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes.
Remove baking sheet from oven, and carefully turn bacon slices. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 6 tablespoons brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Return to oven, and bake until crisp and just beginning to darken, 18 to 22 minutes. (Don’t be afraid to push the time. Even if the bacon slices burn a little bit on the tips, the sugary, fatty goodness will counteract any bitterness.)
Transfer bacon slices to a sheet of parchment paper. Let stand until firm, 10 to 15 minutes.