Candied Bacon

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I first encountered candied bacon while working in pastry kitchen, and the combination of salty, smoky and sweet was alluring. Center-cut bacon is a bit leaner than other types of bacon, but any kind of smoked bacon will work in this recipe. Blanching the bacon in simple syrup enhances its texture, while threading the bacon onto wood skewers creates a sort of Candied Bacon “lollipop”. Depending on the size of your broiler pan, you may need to bake the bacon in two batches. You can also jerry-rig a good setup by placing a cooling rack in a rimmed baking sheet. This bacon is great in our Chocolate Chip Cookies with Candied Bacon, and leftover bacon will keep up to two weeks in an airtight container. This bacon candy also is tasty crumbled over vanilla bean, butter pecan or maple ice cream, and makes a great savory-sweet nibble with cocktails (especially bourbon-based sippers).

Candied Bacon

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 19 minutes

Yield: Makes 18 pieces

Candied Bacon


  1. 4 cups granulated sugar
  2. 1 quart water
  3. 1 (12-ounce) package center-cut bacon
  4. 1 cup packed brown sugar
  5. 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  6. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  7. Nonstick cooking spray


Combine granulated sugar and water in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Add bacon and cook 5 minutes or until bacon appears cooked around edges. Drain bacon on paper towels until cool enough to handle.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Thread each strip of bacon onto a wooden skewer. Combine brown sugar, mustard, and pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge bacon in brown sugar mixture, shaking off excess. Place bacon on the rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375 F for 15 minutes or until crisp, turning bacon halfway through cooking time. (Cooking time will depend on the thickness of your bacon.) Cool completely.

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  • Kathleen

    This sounds sooo good. I think I’ll put it on my Christmas brunch menu!!!

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  • kateweb

    I am so going to do this asap

  • Alison Ashton

    Hope you enjoy it, Kateweb! Warning: Candied Bacon is addictive! ;-)

  • Patti Hagar Blakley

    This recipe is amazing!  We have tried to perfect the million dollar bacon and this took it over the top!  Using some now with bacon peanut butter cookie recipe!  You are amazing!

    • liahuber

      It is quite decadent, eh? It’s all Alison, I tell you … Glad you liked!

  • Maya Hart Williams

    I made this on Sunday and it was fabulous. The simple syrup is easy to make and once the bacon cools a little it is awesome. We didn’t have dry mustard and it was still great. My 4 yr old asked for “bacon on a stick” for breakfast the next day! Definitely on the menu for guests. Thanks :) BTW. This is much cheaper than millionaire’s bacon (ala unnamed restaurant in SF)

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