Spiced candied bacon is a little salty, smoky, sweet and spicy. This easy recipe is perfect as a snack or for a homemade gift for friends.
Most candied bacon recipes are made with maple syrup and/or brown sugar, but this recipe includes a bit of cayenne pepper just to kick things up another notch.
Shameless plug, this recipe comes from book Jerky Everything. It is one of my favorite recipes from the book. It’s super easy to make and everyone that eats it falls in love with bacon all over again. I know, can someone ever fall out of love with bacon? I don’t think so. This is just a different take on the salty, smokey treat.
I’ve made this candied bacon for little gifts, office parties and just because. Since it’s part of the jerky book, it cooks low and slow. This isn’t a quickie bacon recipe for sure. But I think that the low and slow cooking makes it taste that much better. The fat renders off slowly and there’s less chance of it burning. It also turns a beautiful color.
Consider making this candied bacon for stocking stuffers or as little hostess gifts. Just put it in a cute mug or glass for gift giving.
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- ½ cup pure grade B maple syrup
- cayenne pepper
- 1 8-12 ounce packaged uncured applewood smoked bacon (or thick cut bacon)
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and lay a cooling rack on top of the foil (this allows the fat to drip away from the bacon).
- Pour the maple syrup into a wide bowl. Dredge the bacon through the maple syrup and arrange in a single layer on the cooling rack.
- Sprinkle each bacon slice with cayenne (I just sprinkle a little on each piece).
- Bake for 3-4 hours (but the timing could change if your bacon is really thick), turning the bacon slices over every hour.
- The bacon is done when you bend it and it just starts to crack.
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