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Candied Bacon Recipe
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Candied Bacon

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"This makes a great party snack."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    55 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix brown sugar, rice vinegar, maple syrup, and black pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Place bacon slices on cooling rack set over a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, turn slices, and bake another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove bacon and brush both sides with brown sugar mixture. Return bacon to the oven and bake another 5 minutes. Repeat basting every 5 minutes until bacon is browned and crisp, about 35 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 16, 2012

Candied bacon is exactly right! It took an hour to get to the point of doneness in my photo, and that was turning it up for the last 15 minutes. I did everything that was listed in the recipe, and the results were worth it. Interesting. I had a package of bacon that weighed 1.25 pounds, and half I used for this and half I fried as usual. The ingredients for the candied part was just right for that amount of bacon. The saltiness of the regularly fried bacon was so pronounced after tasting the candied bacon! We had friends over for brunch, and the guys preferred the regular, but we gals loved the candied. We were thinking of cutting the bacon in half, skewering it on pretty little sticks, and serving it for a party. Trust me, it would be a hit! Thanks again, as usual, Chef John!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 14, 2012

Double the maple syrup mixture and use the bacon Chef John uses because it lays flat nicely and you won't run out of the mixture when you coat the bacon every 5 minutes; Other wise, not bad.

May 29, 2012

Double this recipe or you will cry because you run out of delicious candied bacon and you will want MORE! Any thick cut bacon works great. I followed another reviewer's tip of doubling the maple syrup the second time I made this recipe. Very good.

Aug 02, 2012

I've done this without the liquids, just with the bacon, brown sugar and black pepper. In that instance, known as PIG CANDY! Great warm, or if you have any left over, cold. YUMMMMMM....

Aug 02, 2012

This is great and I like it a lot better if it is done on a smoker with hickory smoke.

Apr 06, 2014

I added a little extra brown sugar, so the mixture was more of a paste than a glaze. This is the best bacon I've ever had. I'm going to be making this for every party until pigs go extinct.

Jul 08, 2012

This was so delicious! Sweet (not too sweet), and full of bacon-y goodness!! I used about half a pound of bacon, and it disappeared (between me and my fiance) within 30 minutes.

Jun 26, 2013

Amazing a must try, made this for fathers day and bagged 4 pieces tied with ribbon and attached to a bottle of beer for the godfathers, so cuute and the godfathers raved!!


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  • Calories
  • 187 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.9 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 10.4 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 9.2 g
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 577 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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