I first saw the idea for Candied Bacon on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives (I may or may not be slightly addicted to this show).
It was a restaurant that actually just set this out on the table for free…like chips and salsa, or butter and bread…
But this was candied bacon!!! I cannot think of a better idea than serving THAT!
They called it pig candy I think.
I have made it several times with different variations like including cayenne pepper for a mix of sweet and spicy, adding cinnamon, and also using maple syrup.
One of my favorites is my Maple Bourbon Candied Bacon.
I do like the simplicity of using just brown sugar on top of bacon.
You’ll need a baking rack on top of a baking sheet lined with either parchment paper or foil.
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Lining the baking sheet will make clean up nice and easy.
Believe me, this does get messy so you will be glad you lined the baking sheet.
Lay the bacon flat on the wire baking rack, sprinkle with brown sugar.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
Depending on the thickness of your bacon it may need a little longer.
I do recommend getting the bacon at the deli so it’s evenly sliced.
If it doesn’t look cooked to your liking just give it a few more minutes.
It will harden after it sits for a few minutes after taking it out of the oven, so just let them hang out for a bit.
I put Candied Bacon into mason jars and used as a centerpiece for our family dinner.
I really cannot think of a better decoration than candied bacon that also doubled as a side dish/ appetizer.
If you’re having brunch, these go really well with Turkey Sausage and Poblano Breakfast Enchiladas!
And also Fireball Whiskey Bacon!
Bacon sprinkled with brown sugar and baked making it a great sweet and salty snack
- 1 pound bacon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place a wire baking rack on top of the baking sheet. Lay bacon slices in a single layer on the wire baking rack. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of each bacon slice. You can get about 8 slices on one baking rack, so you may need to do two batches.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Depending on the thickness of the bacon, it may require a few more minutes, if after 20 minutes it’s still not cooked just check every few minutes.
Let the bacon cool completely before removing it from the rack. It will harden after a few minutes.