1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9- by 13-inch baking pan. 2. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the figs and 2 tablespoons bourbon. Let stand until the bourbons soaks into the figs. Meanwhile, cook the bacon as directed until very well browned. Drain on paper towels, then crumble very finely. Very finely chop the pecans. Stir the bacon, pecans, and ½ cup sugar into the fig mixture. 3. Lay a sheet of phyllo into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Lightly brush with melted butter. Repeat with 4 more phyllo sheets and butter. Spread one-third of the filling evenly over the phyllo. On a clean work surface, lightly brush 1 phyllo sheet with butter. Top with another phyllo sheet and lightly butter. Repeat with 3 more phyllo sheets and butter, then press the stack on top of the filling. Spread half of the remaining filling evenly on top. Repeat this layering of 5 phyllo sheets and bacon filling one more time. Top with 5 buttered and stacked phyllo sheets, buttering the top well. 4. With a small, sharp serrated knife, cut the baklava into 48 diamonds. Bake the baklava until dark golden brown, about 1 hour. 5. While the baklava bakes, bring the maple syrup, water, remaining ½ cup sugar, and remaining 3 tablespoons bourbon to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. As soon as the baklava comes out of the oven, pour the syrup evenly on top. Let stand for at least 3 hours and up to overnight.
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