Candied Bacon

by | Nov 4, 2019 | All, Appetizers

Bacon is always a hit with a crowd, and this Candied Bacon is no exception.

Candied bacon on a rose gold trivet with pecans on the side.

Can someone tell me about the power of bacon? I mean I know it’s good and all, and it truly does make everything better. But sometimes it brings out another side of people. We had a party a few weeks ago and the food went fast – faster than any year before.

I went through 4 pounds of bacon! 4 pounds, and there weren’t even that many people there. People like their bacon and will fight like mad to get it on their plates and in their bellies. 

There can truly never be enough bacon, especially when it comes to this candied bacon recipe!

You’ll love this crispy, and delightfully sweet combination that is absolutely addicting. You might even find yourself eating it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. There is never a wrong time for bacon right?

An added bonus?

The smells of bacon wafting through the house. And when that greets your guests at the door, you know it’s going to be a great night. Bacon, cocktails, and friends. A combination that can’t be beat.

Candied Bacon strips on cooling rack with white linen underneath.

What is Candied Bacon?

Candied bacon can often go by a few names, like caramelized bacon, bacon candy, brown sugar bacon. No matter what you call it, it’s all the same amazing creation we should all be so happy exists!

Candied bacon combines salty, sweet, and crispy to make a combo of flavors that dreams are made of. The ideal candied bacon has crispy edges and a crackly crust from the caramelized sugar that’s been baked on top.

It’s essentially bacon but taken to the ultimate level!

Top down image of Candied Bacon on a dark plate with cayenne pepper.

How Do I Make Candied Bacon?

Making your own candied bacon at home is easy as can be. No need to only indulge when you go out, you can make candied bacon any time you crave it, which will probably be all the time!

The ingredient list is short and prep time even shorter.

To make this recipe you will need:

  • pecans
  • cayenne
  • brown sugar
  • maple syrup
  • thick-cut bacon

Pulse the pecans and brown sugar in a food processor, add a little cayenne for some depth and heat.

Put this yummy mixture on top of the bacon, and then drizzle a little pure maple syrup on top and pop it in the oven.

What comes out is a spicy, sweet candied bacon that is guaranteed to be the hit of the party.

Candied Bacon piled on a wodden serving try with brulap underneath.

What’s The Best Kind of Bacon to Use for Candied Bacon?

For this recipe, we love to use thick-cut bacon because it makes it just that much better. You can certainly use other cuts of bacon, just know that if you use thinner slices, you might need to adjust the baking time, and lower it by a few minutes.

You can also use regular bacon alternatives, like turkey bacon if prefer that over regular pork bacon.

Candied Bacon on 2 black plates with pecan and cayenne pepper for garnish.

How To Store Candied Bacon

If you can’t seem to eat all of your spicy candied bacon in one sitting, no worries, it keeps leftover pretty well. Once the bacon is completely cooled, you can wrap each piece in wax paper, place it in a sealed container and store it in the refrigerator for as long as three weeks.

To freeze the caramelized bacon, you prepare it just the same as you would store in the refrigerator, but instead, you’ll place it in the freezer for up to 6 months. To eat from frozen, just let the bacon thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Pinterest image of Candied Bacon on a dark plate with pecans and cayenne pepper for garnishes.

Ways To Serve Candied Bacon

Have you ever had Candied Bacon before? It is simple to make and goes amazingly well with cocktails. Since it’s an unexpected appetizer, it’s a great treat to serve during the holidays.

But be warned; people will love it. And eat all of it.

There are so many possibilities for this candied bacon recipe. The obvious would be to bake up a fresh batch early in the morning and pair it with your eggs and coffee, but that’s not all it’s good for.

You can also try crumbling it into a side salad, adding the best BLT, or even using it as a garnish for your at-home bloody mary bar.

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Top down image of Candied Bacon recipe on burlap.

Yield: 12

Candied Bacon

Candied Bacon piled on a wodden serving tray with parchment paper.

This Candied Bacon is perfect for any holiday party!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup chopped or whole pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan with foil and place a baking rack on top. Set aside.
  2. Add brown sugar and pecans to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until pecans are finely chopped. Add cayenne pepper and pulse again.
  3. Cut bacon in half cross-wise and place on top of rack. Be certain that the slices do not touch each other. Bake for 5 minutes and remove from oven.
  4. Use a spoon to sprinkle the pecan-brown sugar mixture among the slices of bacon.
  5. Drizzle the top with maple syrup.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tops are browned but not burned. Remove from oven and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  7. Serve at room temperature.


Make sure you bake bacon to your desired degree of doneness. If bacon is undercooked, it will not crisp as it cools.

Nutrition Information:


16 servings

Serving Size:

1/2 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 241mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 5g

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      One of my favorite combinations too!

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    Bacon lovers dream. We actually vacation in Miami a lot and they serve this in glasses at the bar. Needless to say, it goes fast.

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      That’s my kind of bar! Can’t go wrong with bacon!

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    OK. Now this is obscene. Luckily, I like obscene 🙂 Thank you!

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      😉 Thanks!

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    This looks delicious – I’m going to make to go with boiled eggs for an extra special soldier for dipping.

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      Sounds delicious!

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    I could wrap up this bacon and give it to my husband for Christmas and he’d be on cloud nine! Pinned!

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    Mmm, I love candied bacon. I’ve never made it with pecans and now I totally want to try it.

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    My family would probably fight over this bacon!! 😉 It sounds delish!

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    A neighbor served this at a party a few years ago and I’ve been trying to figure it out ever since with no success until now – it’s the maple syrup that I was missing! Problem solved and now I’m off to the grocery store for more bacon! ?

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      So glad you found it! Let us know how it turns out. It’s always a party favorite!

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    Can this be stored to give as a gift?

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    How long will this bacon keep? I want to make it in advance; could I possibly refrigerate or freeze it until the event?

    Thanks for the recipe ?

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      I haven’t tried freezing it but t should keep for a few days in the refrigerator. Let it come to room temperature before you serve it.

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    Insanely delicious!

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    Any recommendations for using turkey bacon? We don’t eat pork and I would like to try this method with turkey bacon.

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      I haven’t tried it with turkey bacon, but I can’t think of a reason it wouldn’t work. You will need to adjust cooking times accordingly. Let me know how it turns out!

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    Have made this numerous times .. amazing!!!!
    Only issue I have is it smokes up the house from the sugars dripping .
    Any suggestions? Making it now and I have a haze throughout the house

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      Hi Kim, I haven’t had issues with it smoking up the house. Try prebaking the bacon for 10 minutes before you put the topping on or you could reduce the amount of topping you put on top. Remember to line the pan with foil for easy clean up! I’m glad you love it so much!

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    I’ve made candied bacon with both pork & turkey bacon. It turns out awesome, I’ve never tried it with maple syrup or pecans though. I bought bacon (pork this time) just to candy. Guess which recipe I’m using? Lol
    Yours sounds delish! ?

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    This bacon is the best and can b changed up using ginger and sesame seeds add seeds once out of oven


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