Spicy Candied Bacon




Introduction: Spicy Candied Bacon

I accidentally made this recipe a few years ago by mistake.  I had some sliced bacon in a bag with brown sugar and put it in the fridge.  I forgot about it for a day and realized that the bacon had liquefied the brown sugar.  I put it in the oven for about 2 hours on low heat and when I pulled it out i realized the brown sugar had caramelized and I had bacon candy.  I have since refined this recipe to be able to produce the same results in just a few hours.

Step 1: What You Will Need

For the candied bacon you will need the following:

Dark drown sugar
Cayenne pepper
Crushed red pepper

First lay the bacon out flat on a nonstick mat.  I use a Silpat mat I got a Bed Bath and Beyond a few years ago. You will also need a baking sheet with a bit of a lip to it so the bacon grease does not spill out.

Step 2: Preparing the Bacon

After the bacon is laying flat on the mat push it close together so there are very little open spots between the bacon.  

Coat the bacon in a layer of dark brown sugar, just enough to cover it.

Then lightly sprinkle on the cayenne pepper over the brown sugar coating, how much you use is up to you.

Finally sprinkle on the red pepper flakes, again the quantity is up to you.

Now you will want he bacon to sit for about 30 minutes before it goes into the oven.

Preheat the oven to 215ºF and bake for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the brown sugar is mostly melted and the bacon is starting to crinkle.

After it is cooked let if cool for about 15 minutes then peel it off the the silpat in strips and lay on a plate to let it cool. 

Step 3: Enjoy

This bacon has a kind of deep lasting sweet heat to it.  You will not feel the spice Immediately due to the brown sugar but after you have eaten it you will feel a slight heat in the back of your throat.  I absolutely love this bacon recipe and make it a few times a year.

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    Reply 12 months ago

    It is just when you use the right consistensy of brown sugar or it will be as hard as a rock.


    Tip 12 months ago

    If you wanted more moisture rather than hard caramelisation, I would use light brown sugar.
    To make it easier to eat.
    Other than that great job :)


    6 years ago

    One Word. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!


    8 years ago

    OMG Bacon candy will have to try this for sure.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This looks really good! Thanks for sharing and do have a splendorous day!