The sweetness in these pancakes comes from maple syrup instead of sugar. Pouring the batter over pieces of bacon makes this an all-in-one breakfast.
Cook bacon in two batches in a large skillet over medium-low heat, turning occasionally, until crisp, 6 to 7 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels, then break into 3/4- to 1-inch pieces. Reserve drippings, and wipe out skillet.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together buttermilk, syrup, eggs, and butter. Add to flour mixture, and whisk until just combined (batter will have lumps).
Heat 1 teaspoon drippings in skillet over medium-low heat. For each pancake, arrange some of the bacon pieces in a circle in skillet. Slowly pour 1/3 cup batter over bacon, starting in center and moving outward in a swirling motion to prevent bacon from shifting. Cook until small bubbles form on surface. Flip, and cook until golden brown. Transfer pancakes to a baking sheet, and keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining bacon and batter. Serve with syrup.