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Oven Baked Candied Bacon Recipe

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Here’s how to make candied bacon in oven. Enjoy the smoky spicy sweetness. This delightful condiment is so easy to do in your oven and versatile.

candied bacon on a plate

Make candied bacon appetizers, cupcake toppers, cocktail garnishes and much more.

This recipe post happened since we needed candied bacon for a cocktail garnish. Candied bacon sits proudly on top of our breakfast shot (posting that recipe soon).

After all what is breakfast without bacon? 🙂 Candied bacon is useful for topping maple flavored cupcakes, baked potatoes, a beer breakfast and bloody Marys.

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Here’s how to make candied bacon in oven. Enjoy the smoky spicy sweetness. This delightful condiment is so easy to do in your oven and versatile.

It also makes a popular appetizer. That sweet smoky flavor is so good! Just chop the bacon slices into small pieces and set it out on a tray.

Bacon candy otherwise known as pig candy will disappear quickly off the plate.

More Recipes with Bacon:

We do love bacon. Here’s just a few of our favorite bacon appetizers. ALL of these recipes can be made with this spicy sweet bacon if you prefer.

Candied Bacon Recipe:

We show you every simple step to making this recipe in our recipe demonstration video. You will find it in the sidebar, (the pop up video on mobile).

The video and nutrition information are also at the bottom of our printable recipe card below.

The Oven Method:

We use this oven method since it gives a good result and is VERY simple to do.

  • Arrange the bacon slices on a wire rack in a single layer on your lined baking sheet. This ensures the fats runoff and the flavors are intensified.
  • Spread on the brown sugar and pepper.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
baked candied bacon

This is a versatile recipe. Almost ALL homemade Food can be adjusted to suit your needs and personal taste. That’s the beautiful part of making it yourself. 🙂

Here’s a few ways to change up this recipe:

You can add (or change up) spices to alter the tone from smoky sweet to spicy candied bacon. Here’s a few options:

  • Replace the brown sugar with maple syrup. (be careful here. The syrup will be much messier and tend to run off.
  • Try a cinnamon sugar mixture for Holiday fun.
  • Replace the black pepper with 2 tsp. Chili powder (or use them together)
  • Use 1 tablespoon smoked paprika with the brown sugar.
  • Sweet mesquite or smokehouse maple seasonings will increase the smokiness and sweetness of the bacon.
  • Cajun spices may also be good.
easy candied bacon- oven method

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Your Printable Recipe Card:

candied bacon on a plate
Yield: 7 strips

Oven Baked Candied Bacon Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Candied Bacon makes a fantastic sweet smoky garnish for topping maple cupcakes, the breakfast shot, Beer, deviled eggs and so much more. Let us know your favorite ways to use it.

Ingredients

  • 7 strips smoked bacon-regular cut not thick or thin
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment, aluminum foil or a silicone mat.
  3. Set a wire rack on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Arrange the bacon slices evenly apart on wire rack in a single layer. (Also watch video)
  5. Spread the brown sugar evenly over each strip of bacon.spreading brown sugar on raw bacon
  6. Sprinkle the black pepper over the brown sugar.
  7. Bake 20 minutes baking candied bacon
  8. Cool and serve.baked candied baconstrips of candied bacon

Notes

More versions:
Depending on your use for candied bacon you can add spices to change the tone from smoky sweet to spicy. Here's a few options:

  • Replace the brown sugar with maple syrup. (be careful here. The syrup will be much messier and tend to run off.
  • Try a cinnamon sugar mixture for Holiday fun. Omit the pepper or reduce it some.
  • Replace the black pepper with 2 tsp. Chili powder (or use them together)
  • Use 1 tablespoon smoked paprika with the brown sugar.
  • Sweet mesquite or smokehouse maple seasonings will increase the smokiness and sweetness of the bacon.
  • Cajun spices may also be good.

Nutrition Information

Yield

7 strips

Serving Size

each strip

Amount Per Serving Calories 81Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 11mgSodium 196mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 6gProtein 4g

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