How to Make Candied Bacon

This recipe is easily doubled. Space the bacon as closely together as you can on the two baking sheets. It's okay if they touch in places, but don't let them overlap.

MAPLE BACON ALTERNATIVE: As an alternative to the standard recipe, stir two tablespoons of maple syrup into the brown sugar and brush this onto the bacon before baking. Bake just as you would the normal version.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 strips, serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 12 strips bacon (not thick-cut, about one pound)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)

Special equipment:

  • 2 baking sheets
  • 2 oven-safe wire racks

Method

1 Prep the bacon: Preheat oven to 375° F with one rack in the top third and another rack in the bottom third of the oven. Line two baking sheets with foil, and place an oven-safe wire rack on each. Lay out the bacon strips perpendicular to the lines on the wire rack, divided between the two pans and making sure they don’t overlap. (If you lay them out parallel to the rack, the bacon may fall through the cracks while cooking!)

Sprinkle the bacon strips with brown sugar and (optionally) add some freshly ground black pepper. I like to use about 1 teaspoon of brown sugar per bacon strip, spreading it out along the length of the strip.

Crack Bacon Recipe spread out the bacon and add brown sugar

2 Bake the candied bacon: Bake the bacon in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes. I recommend rotating the pans once during baking to ensure the bacon is cooking evenly. Start checking the bacon around 18 minutes, as some slices will cook faster, depending on the fat content and thickness of the slices.

The bacon is done when the brown sugar is melted and the bacon is a deep brown color. Remember that the bacon will continue to crisp up as it cools, so don’t worry if it’s not completely crispy now.

Candied Bacon Recipe bake the bacon

3 Cool the bacon: Let the bacon cool right on the wire rack for a few minutes. (If you eat it right away, you'll burn your mouth on the molten sugar.) The bacon will crisp up as it cools and as the melted sugar hardens. Then serve!

Sugar Bacon Recipe cool the bacon

4 Store the bacon: Candied bacon can be kept in the fridge for a few days and reheats well in a skillet over low heat.

I don’t think candied bacon is worth freezing, although if you made a huge batch you absolutely could. You could just want to make sure to freeze the strips individually so they didn’t stick together.