Bourbon Bacon Salted Caramels

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Salted caramel is all the rage these days.  As is putting bacon in anything.  And who doesn't love bourbon? So I propose we marry all of these beautiful things together.  Bourbon bacon salted caramels for the win!

These caramels are rich and addictive and completely customizable to how much of a bacon experience you want.  The bourbon acts as a replacement to vanilla extract, so if you're looking for a non-alcoholic version, you can make an easy substitution.  

The next time you're looking for a slightly racy treat, give this bourbon bacon salted caramel recipe a try! You won't be disappointed.
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Step 1: Materials

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12 ounces (340g) bacon
1 cup (236mL) heavy cream
2 tablespoons (30mL) bacon fat (from cooked bacon)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (60mL) corn syrup
1/4 cup (60mL) water
1 tablespoon (15mL) bourbon (or vanilla extract)
8 ounces (227g) pecans


Cookie sheet
Small sauce pan
Large sauce pan
Candy thermometer - love, love, love this one

Step 2: Get everything ready

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It's a good idea to get everything prepped in advance, as once you start making the caramel, you're going to need to keep an eye on it. 

Cook your bacon.  
Strain the grease into a container to use in the next step.
Chop the bacon up into small pieces.

If you're using pecans, chop them up into small pieces.

Grease your pan with butter and sprinkle with pecan pieces.

Measure out the rest of your ingredients and have them standing by.

Step 3: Simmer down now

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Combine the heavy cream, bacon fat, and salt in a small sauce pan.  Bring to a simmer.  

Step 4: Make the candy

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Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water, and stir to combine into a thick paste.

Clip on your candy thermometer, set for caramel, 320F (160C).  

Let cook without stirring until it reaches the appropriate temperature.  
awynhaus5 months ago

I am not a big hard liquor drinker but I will be attending a scotch and bacon party and wondered if you think scotch would be a good sub for the bourbon?


Stormdrane8 months ago

These look/sound tasty, definitely going on the 'make it & eat it' list. Thanks for sharing!

MsDiz8 months ago

This is going to be my hostess gifts for this holiday season. Everyone who has had a taste LOVED it! Since I am going to be making it in large batches, can you tell me the best way to store it? And how long it can keep for best flavor?

Can I "candy" the bacon? What I mean is cook the bacon with brown sugar
hellpie1 year ago
my god, it's full of stars
scoochmaroo (author)  hellpie1 year ago
This might be my favorite comment ever
NellieBella2 years ago
Just wondering if this recipe is enough for gift bags for 26 at a baby shower? Should I double?
scoochmaroo (author)  NellieBella2 years ago
Definitely double it. You can't have too many of these!!
oh. my. gosh!
nanosec122 years ago
Now all it needs is a thin layer of milk chocolate on top to make it Truly Decadent !!!

Awesome idea
Wow, just wow! I am on a quest to learn how to cook these!
Wow, just wow! I am on a quest to learn how to cook these!
oldhamedia2 years ago
Excellent (and yummy!) instructable! Nice addition of the photography tips, too. I might just have to drizzle some chocolate over mine, but I do that on everything!
jmsdo2 years ago
O M G ! I have got to make these!
PitStoP2 years ago
So this is what you girls eat for breakfast! =)
scoochmaroo (author)  PitStoP2 years ago
Yes. Yes it is.
A wonderful blend of flavors :)