Prepare pancake mix with water as label directs to make about 15 pancakes. Heat large griddle over medium heat; brush with 1 tsp. butter. Arrange 3 slices bacon about 3 inches apart on warm griddle; cook 1 minute or until bacon begins to sizzle. Pour scant 1/4 C. pancake batter over bacon to cover; cook 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until bubbles burst around edge of pancakes. Turn pancakes and cook 1-1/2 to 2 minutes longer or until bottoms are golden brown. Transfer pancakes to plate; keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter, bacon and butter. Serve pancakes with maple syrup.