There are a lot of foods that people claim to be the "best bite ever." But candied bacon is really in a league of its own. Once you've had candied bacon, regular bacon just doesn't compare.
Our Candied Bacon Recipe is sweet, salty, and crispy all at the same time. Plus, it's really easy to make! This blog post will teach you how to candy bacon like a pro. You'll be able to wow your friends and family with this delicious treat!
At your next party, think about baking up candied bacon as an appetizer and wow your friends and family. Everything is better with bacon!
So, without further ado... on to the candied bacon recipe!
Just imagine yourself at a party, you're walking around and saying hi to everyone, you pick up a nice refreshing beverage and the host walks right up to you and asks you if you would like a piece of candied bacon. Easy answer, right?
Maybe one piece isn't quite enough, so...
Have you ever considered making bacon at home? The process takes 7 days and is rated level: "Easy". Our technique can be found here; Cured Homemade Bacon
- Thick-Cut Bacon
- Maple Syrup
- Brown Sugar
- Ground Cumin
- Spice: Option Ideas: Cayanne pepper, Mesquite Habanero, Chile Powder, Curry Powder
- Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
Ingredient quantities are listed on the recipe card.
Using thick-cut bacon is suggested. The bacon will have a nicer bite and chew. You can use thin-cut bacon; take note the thin-cut bacon will cook faster.
Cover the cookie sheet with aluminum foil and place a roasting rack on top. This will allow the heat in the oven to evenly move around the pieces of bacon and promote even cooking.
Another reason is presentation and texture. The beautiful pork will be crisper and the candied element will be the same on both sides. If the bacon cooks directly on the cookie sheet, one side will be more caramelized and gooey chewy.
Cover each piece of bacon with maple syrup or pancake syrup. We have more ingredients to add, so wait to coat the second side for now.
Sprinkle coarse brown sugar on each piece of bacon. Do this directly after adding the maple syrup for maximum stick.
To create a perfect balance between the salty bacon and the candying. We need to add something to balance, which is a hint of spice.
You do not need to make things hot spicy; just a touch will highly improve the end product. It is that secret ingredient that will have folks wondering how you made bacon even better.
Use cumin or chile powder to play it safe and not create a hot spicy candied bacon. Just be careful and use either ingredient sparingly or risk overpowering the recipe.
Take things up a notch and add some heat. Here's a list of options to try:
- Cayenne pepper
- Habanero (ground)
- Srichara Sauce
- Serrano (pasted)
- Chipotle Sauce, aka Adobo Sauce
Roast the bacon in a preheated oven of 375 degrees for around 20 to 30 minutes. Timing will depend on the thickness of the bacon and how evenly heated your oven is.
Once the bacon is ready, allow it to cool down before eating. The sugars will be caramelized and extremely hot, so do not burn your mouth, please. Flip the bacon once or twice while cooling so the bacon does not stick to the roasting rack.
Bacon Hack: When the bacon is almost done you can turn the oven off and finish the bacon roasting with the oven slowly lowering in temperature from being turned off. This technique is often used when cooking bacon at higher temperatures yet still works nicely with candied bacon.
What about other ingredients to replace the bacon? Here are a few ideas. If you have a great idea yourself, please comment below and it will be added to the list.
- Turkey Bacon
- Beef Bacon
- Carrot Bacon (sliced thin using a mandolin)
Hillarious, there will never be leftover bacon.
To store, place in a tall air-tight container, standing each piece vertical to avoid sticking.
Bacon straight out of the refrigerator is very cold in the center. This will cause the cooking time to increase by a lot. Allow the bacon to come close to room temperature before baking.
Prepare the bacon with the seasonings on both sides. Preheat the cookie sheet and the roasting rack in the oven for 5 minutes. Then lay the prepared strips of bacon on top of the racking rack.
Please note sugars caramelize and brown quickly. The dark color of the finished bacon isn't burnt. It's pure yummy and almost the best part. Enjoy!
Recipes To Try
📖 Recipe Card
- 2 packages Applewood Bacon Buy the thick-cut
- ½ cup Maple Syrup
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Cumin
- Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
Optional Flavor Enhancers
- 1 teaspoon BBQ Seasoning Pick One Option
- 1 teaspoon Ground Dried Habanero
- 1 teaspoon Srichara Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Chipotle Sauce, aka Adobo Sauce
- Layout bacon on a cookie sheet with a roasting rack on top and aluminum foil underneath.
- Paint on the maple syrup with a pastry brush/food safe pain brush.
- Then sprinkle on the brown sugar. Then smooth over the brown sugar with the pastry brush, combining the maple syrup and brown sugar into one even layer. Next, add the cumin, fresh cracked black pepper. Then comes the spicy element. Pick one from the list to up the flavor profile and balance out the saltiness of the bacon with the sweetness of the sugar.- BBQ Seasoning- Ground Dried Habanero- Srichara Sauce- Chipotle Sauce, aka Adobo Sauce
Bonus Recipe: Bacon Onion Rings
- Cut out the middle section of a large onion. Remove the middle core of the onion. Use Vidalia onions for the sweet flavor they offer. Press out the onion into layers, individual circles.Take strips of bacon and wrap around the onion. Make sure to only slightly overwrap with bacon or the bacon will come too thick and slow down your cooking time.Paint on maple syrup and sprinkle on your favorite seasons like more of the bbq seasoning.Bake the Bacon onion rings at 375 for around 30 to 40 minutes or until done.Once out of the oven be sure to flip over the bacon to avoid sticking. Do this a few times while cooling down.Pair with a dipping sauce like Sour cream and chive or ranch.