This maple brown sugar bacon is a delicious candied bacon recipe that has the perfect combination of sweet and salty, with a mouth-watering crunch.
Bacon is one of the most beloved foods in the world. But have you ever thought of making it even better?
What if I told you that you can take your bacon to a whole new level with a little bit of sugar, spice, and everything nice?
Well, that’s exactly what candied bacon is all about! Let’s get started.
This is one of those foods that makes an excellent gift to give or to serve at a party.
What Is Candied Bacon?
Candied bacon is an indulgent treat made by coating bacon in a sweet glaze made from maple syrup and brown sugar.
The result is an irresistible combination of salty, savory, and sweet flavors. It's the perfect snack to devour while watching movies or to serve at parties as an appetizer. Plus, it's easy to make!
This recipe doesn't have a lot of ingredients. In fact, you only need 3 ingredients, but we threw some black pepper in there too for a tiny bit of spice.
Bacon: I like the traditional slab bacon for this recipe. Nothing too thick cut.
Maple syrup: Real maple syrup has the best flavor for this recipe.
Brown sugar: Carmalizes the bacon, making even more crispier and delicious. You can use either light brown sugar or dark brown sugar.
A pinch of black pepper
See recipe card for quantities.
We'll start by making the maple mixture. In a small mixing bowl, mix the maple syrup, brown sugar and black pepper.
Then line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and give it a quick spray of non stick oil.
Cut your bacon strips in half place in a single layer on your prepared baking sheet, making sure not to overlap them then set aside.
Then brush the maple brown sugar mixture over the bacon on both sides.
Once all the bacon is completely coated you can pop it into the over for about 20 minutes. And that's it.
Let it cool and you have perfectly candied maple and brown sugar bacon!
Hint: Use a silicone basting brush to make spreading the maple mixture super easy.
Giving the visitor ideas on how they can change this recipe to better suit their dinner guests, or their cultural cuisine, is a great way to increase the chances they make the recipe
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes while cooking to imbue heat into the dish, or banana peppers
- Deluxe - add guacamole, crispy onions or
- Kid friendly - add crushed potato chips (ketchup chips!)
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Don't let the term "candied" fool you. This maple bacon is just as perishable as regular bacon, and should be stored as such.
It should be refrigerated 2 hours after baking. And can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week if the temperature is below 40ºF according to the USDA.
If you want to rewarm the bacon, just place it on a paper towel lined plate and microwave for 10-15 seconds. It warms very quickly!
Personally, I like to use the left overs cold and chop them up and toss them into a salad or sprinkle on to freshly cooked veggies, like green beans.
This maple and brown sugar bacon is a candied bacon recipe perfect for a tasty snack.
- ½ lb bacon
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- Dash of black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a small mixing bowl, mix maple syrup, brown sugar and black pepper.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray
- Cut bacon strips in half and place evenly onto baking sheet, being sure not to over lap them.
- Brush maple mixture over bacon on both sides, ensuring all bacon is covered.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes in oven until bacon is crispy.