Candied Bacon – Once Upon a Chef

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy.

Man Candy? Yes, indeed! Candied bacon is an irresistible mix of sweet, salty, smoky, and spicy flavors—and every crispy bite will have you reaching for more.

Candied Bacon

Candied bacon, affectionately known in my household as “Man Candy,” has all the makings of an irresistible snack. It’s a crave-worthy blend of sweet, salty, smoky, and spicy flavors, crispy to the last bite. My version is made with thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, which gets generously brushed with a rich maple, brown sugar and chipotle glaze halfway through the cooking process. As the bacon cooks, the glaze bubbles and transforms into a glossy, candy-like coating. Perfect for gatherings, game days (though be warned, it may disappear before tip-off!), or as a decadent twist to the standard bacon on your brunch spread, this candied bacon is always a crowd-pleaser.

“Made this for Easter brunch (along with Jenn’s deviled eggs). Our guests loved it so much, they kept going back for more! So simple and good.”

Michelle

What you’ll need to make candied bacon

ingredients for candied bacon

I use thick-cut bacon because it cooks up to a perfectly firm crispness and results in a more satisfying chew.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Start by lining a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up, and setting an oven-proof rack over top. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on the rack. Bake for 20 minutes.

bacon arranged on rack and baking sheet

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, and chipotle powder.

coating ingredients in mixing bowl

Mix well and set aside.

whisked coating in bowl

Remove the pan from the oven and flip the bacon slices. Using a spoon, spread the brown sugar mixture evenly over the bacon.

bacon with coating ready to bake

Place the pan back in the oven and continue cooking for 20 to 35 minutes more. The cooking time will depend on the brand of bacon you use and how crispy you like it. I recommend cooking it as long as possible without burning it, so that the sugar-syrup mixture dries out; otherwise the bacon can be a little sticky.

candied bacon out of the oven

Using tongs, transfer the bacon to a piece of parchment paper or a platter in a single layer to prevent sticking. Let cool for 10-15 minutes, then serve (the bacon will crisp up as it cools).

You may also like

Candied Bacon

Man Candy? Yes, indeed! Candied bacon is an irresistible mix of sweet, salty, smoky, and spicy flavors—and every crispy bite will have you reaching for more.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, best quality
  • 2½ tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1½ teaspoons chipotle chile powder (see note)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set a rack in middle position. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up, and set an oven-proof rack over top.
  2. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on the rack. Bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, syrup, and chipotle powder. Set aside.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and flip the bacon slices. Using a small spoon, spread the sugar-syrup mixture evenly over the bacon. Place the pan back in the oven and continue cooking for 20-35 minutes more. (The cooking time will depend on the brand of bacon you use and how crispy you like it. I recommend cooking it as long as possible without burning it, so that the sugar mixture dries out; otherwise the bacon can be a little sticky.) Using tongs, transfer the bacon to a piece of parchment paper or a platter in a single layer to prevent sticking. Let cool for 10-15 minutes, then serve (the bacon will crisp up as it cools).
  5. Note: This candied bacon has a nice kick. For less heat, cut the chile powder in half; for more, increase the amount to 2 teaspoons.

Nutrition Information

Powered by Edamam

  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 175
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Sodium: 261 mg
  • Cholesterol: 25 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

See more recipes:

title_words_as_hashtags], 1699903423

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *