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One of the best snacks I’ve ever had was at a speakeasy in Los Angeles which featured bottomless pint glasses of spicy candied bacon strips. Needless to say, between my muddled blackberry-bourbon cocktail and the crunch and subtle, creeping fire of this sweet, salty, pig candy, it was a very, very happy hour indeed.

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  • 12 strips of thick-cut bacon
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, then place a baking rack on top. Lay bacon slices flat on the rack.

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon, and cayenne pepper to form a crumbly paste and, using your fingers, pat down a thick layer on top of each slice.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until crisp with most of the fat rendered off, then allow to cool on rack for at least 30 minutes. Serve standing proudly in a pint glass with any of these bourbon-based cocktails:

For even more heat: Whiskey Devil

For even more bacon: Bacon Old Fashioned

For even more sweetness: Vanderbilt's Hudson Buck

The Perfect BLAT with Spicy Candied Bacon Recipe

The Perfect BLAT with Spicy Candied Bacon is just the lunch to make any lunch infinitely more special. The homemade spicy candied bacon and added crunch of golden fried bread elevate this sandwich way beyond the normal BLAT experience. You’ll never find a better sandwich to serve up at lunchtime!

The simplest of sandwiches is the BLT.

Bacon. Lettuce. Tomato. Slap that between a couple slices of toasted bread and some mayonnaise and you have a delicious sandwich to nom on.

There are a few amazing BLTs I’ve had in my life, and I’ve incorporated all the best parts of those sandwiches into this epic double decker pile of goodness you see right here.

Most recently I had this KILLER BLT in a beer hall in Arvada. It had thick cut bacon they made in house. It had a creamy homemade mayonnaise. The best part of it though, was the middle layer of bread.

The geniuses behind the sandwich fried a piece of bread and sandwiched it in the middle of the sandwich. The crunch that it provided was…. I don’t know how else to describe it but drool worthy.

I pulled this element, along with a few others from my favorite BLTs of all time into this sandwich.

Along with what I like to call “the crunch maker” (basically the opposite of the “moist maker” from Monica’s turkey sandwiches in Friends — god I hope that reference doesn’t date me TOO much), I added in creamy avocado, a spicy flavorful mayonnaise and homemade candied bacon to give a hint of sweetness.

Oh, did I forget to mention that I made homemade spicy candied bacon for this BLAT?

The subtle sweet and spicy notes elevate the bacon, and really the entire sandwich, making this dish an experience instead of a mere lunch that you slap together.

Every element comes together to create memorable flavors that will have you thinking you are in a five-star restaurant as you happily chow down on it at your own dining room table.

Serve it up for a luncheon or pack some up for a picnic during these last perfect fall days!

Spicy Candied Bacon

There are few delights as thrilling as fancy, crunchy, candied bacon. Spice it up with some cayenne, and there’s no end to how wonderful the joy can be of eating such a treat. Our friend Ed Sargent experimented with a gazillion versions of spicy candied bacon before coming up with one delicious recipe with a few variations, depending on what you’re going for.

Follow his recipe to make simply perfect crispy, spicy, sweet bacon that’s the perfect sandwich component and can shine bright with a candied shell.


  • 115 g of Brown Sugar
  • 2 g of Cayenne Pepper
  • Pinch of salt (for the precise minded .5 grams)
  • 10 Slices of Hempler’s Bacon


  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
  2. Place parchment paper on the bottom of the baking sheet.
  3. Put the cooling rack on top of the parchment paper-lined baking sheet
  4. Layout the bacon on the cooling rack so that the bacon is in a single layer and not touching each other
  5. Mix together the Brown Sugar, Cayenne Pepper, and salt in a bowl
  6. Coat the bacon with the brown sugar mixture (see picture Spicy Bacon 1)
  7. Put the bacon in the oven for 75 minutes

At this point you have a couple of options: After the bacon cools, the bacon is yummy and ready for sandwiches or burgers.

If you want a harder, candied shell on your bacon, we recommend using a blowtorch or placing the bacon under the broiler for 3 minutes or until the bacon browns to your liking.

Warning: Please use a new parchment lined baking sheet when using the broiler. The excess sugar and bacon fat left over from cooking tends to burn otherwise.

Yields: 10 Slices
Prep Time: 5 minutes + oven heating time
Cook Time: 75 minutes + cooling time

I'd love to know how it turned out! Please let me know by leaving a review below. Or snap a photo and share it on Instagram be sure to tag me @onceuponachef.

This candied bacon has all the makings of an irresistible snack: it’s crispy, chewy, smoky, salty, sweet, and spicy.


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


  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

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  • 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, 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.

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Spicy Candied Bacon Recipe

Preheat your oven to 325 F.

Next, place your roasting rack on your baking sheet that is lined with foil or parchment paper.

Mix your ingredients together (syrup, water, and brown sugar).

Glide your bacon through the mixture and place each slice on the roasting rack.

Paint each piece of bacon again with the syrup and sugar mixture with the silicone brush.

Place in the oven for 25 minutes. Rotate your pan every 5 minutes after the first 15 minutes. (Bake until your desire crispiness.)

Serve (you can drizzle a little bit more of the spicy syrup over it) and enjoy it!

Other Bacon Recipes You May Enjoy:

How to Make Crispy Bacon in a Skillet

How to Make Bacon in the Oven

Bacon and Sausage Quiche

What Can I Serve Spicy Candied Bacon With?

I think this bacon works well as an appetizer.

However, if you want to serve it with your meal, I think it works well with savory sides since it has some sweetness. Pair it with eggs of any kind (I’d do scrambled eggs). Serve with biscuits and gravy! You really can’t go wrong serving this with anything! Your bacon lovers will be happy no matter what.

How to Make Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon &ndash the Recipe Method

First, you&rsquoll mix together brown sugar, pure maple syrup, sriracha sauce and ghost pepper chili flakes in a bowl.

For the ghost pepper flakes, I crushed some ghost peppers that I had dehydrated from my garden. You can find dried ghost pepper flakes or powders online.

Spread the bacon out over a baking sheet and rub them down with your sweet and spicy mixture. It helps to wrap the pan in aluminum foil first for easy clean up.

Get both sides. Rub them down good!

Bake them for 30 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked through and JUST starting to crisp up. They will crisp up a bit more after you remove them from the oven and they cool.

Cooling them on a wire rack helps them stay nice and crispy as the extra fats drip down.

That&rsquos it. Enjoy the heck out of them.

I made a large batch and gave some to my next door neighbor. His son stole the last piece and said, &ldquoWho made this? This is the most flavorful, delicious meat I have ever had. I would to sell it at my workplace.&rdquo

So there you go. Proof enough? I hope you will give it a try! Let me know how much you like it in the comments.

And see the Candied Bacon Recipe Video below.

  • Bacon - You’ll want to use a thick cut bacon
  • Brown Sugar (light or dark)
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika - adds an extra smoky flavor to the bacon
  • On a salad
  • On a BLT sandwich
  • On a burger
  • As an appetizer
  • On top of ice cream
  • Have it for breakfast along side your eggs, pancakes, French toast or Southern Fried Potatoes
  • Makes a great side dish for a Sunday Funday brunch, Mothers Day Brunch or a DIY Fathers Day gift


Preheat oven to 325°F, and position rack in center of oven.

Combine Granulated Honey, brown sugar, mustard powder, salt and black pepper in small bowl. Spread mixture out onto sheet pan. Line separate sheet pan with aluminum foil, and place rack on top.

Dip bacon strips in spice mixture, gently pressing mixture onto bacon. Lift bacon strips carefully and lay onto rack on top of foil-lined pan. Cover any bare spots on bacon with extra spice mixture.

Transfer pan to oven, and cook bacon for 45 minutes, checking periodically to prevent burning. Do not turn bacon. About halfway through cook time, sprinkle sea salt over bacon strips.

Remove bacon from oven, and allow to cool to room temperature. If bacon is not crisp enough to stand upright, return to oven at 300°F and cook for 10 to 15 minutes more.

Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Bacon Recipe

If you have never baked bacon in the oven, then you are in for a treat. You get all the taste without the mess. Cover a sheet pan with aluminum foil, and place a lightly greased rack, such as a cooling rack, into the pan. The bacon strips are then placed onto the rack and baked. This way, all the bacon grease drips off the rack and onto the foil. After the bacon has cooked and the grease has cooled a bit, you can carefully remove the foil off the pan and toss it in the trash &ndash or pour some of the bacon grease into a jar for future use. Either way, you avoid the spills and hot splatters that often occur when you fry bacon on the stovetop. An added bonus to baking bacon in the oven? You can bake more strips on one pan than you can put in the skillet on the stovetop. Season the bacon a day ahead so it can absorb the rub. This recipe is ideal when you&rsquore making breakfast or brunch for a crowd, and we don&rsquot have to tell you about the endless ways you can use bacon outside of breakfast and brunch.


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