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Crispy Candied Bacon: The Perfect Snack, Topping, & More

Imagine perfectly crisp bacon glazed with a sweet and savory coating. Crispy Candied Bacon is an explosion of flavor in every bite! This recipe is easy to make, and I’ll share all the ways you can use it in your recipes.

You only need a few supplies and simple ingredients to create this delicious treat. I’m preparing today’s recipe to add to Smoked Brownie Recipe and making a small batch. However, I’ll share the full recipe for your convenience.

Candied Bacon in a glass

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What Is Candied Bacon?

Candied bacon is thin-cut bacon that has been baked with brown sugar and other optional ingredients until it’s crispy brown. It can be eaten as a snack or used in many recipes.

How Can You Use Candied Bacon?

Candied bacon is a delicious treat as it is, but what about adding a drizzle of dark chocolate for a tasty dessert? Brad and I have used candied bacon to make toppings for dishes such as grilled salmon. A slice is a gourmet addition to a Bloody Mary cocktail. You can also crumble it and add it as a topping to desserts like brownies and ice cream treats. Today, I’m using my candied bacon as a topping for a Dark Chocolate Smoked Brownie with caramel sauce. YUM!

There are many ways to use candied bacon, and I think you’ll agree that they are all delicious.

Easy Candied Bacon Recipe

So, let’s gather our supplies and get ready to make some bacon.

Prepare Cookware

First, I recommend using a wire rack to back the bacon with a pan underneath for the drippings. Cover the drip pan with aluminum foil and spray the wire racks with cooking spray to avoid unnecessary cleanup.

Ingredients For Candied Bacon

The simple ingredients to make candied bacon are light brown sugar and cracked pepper. However, you can enhance the bacon with optional ingredients. Today, I’m adding smoked bacon sea salt to create a smokey taste for my brownie recipe. I mixed the sea salt with brown sugar to speed up the application process.

add smoked bacon sea salt to brown sugar

Prepare Bacon For Baking

Step one: lay your bacon on the greased baking rack and sprinkle with the cracked pepper.

Step two: Cover with the brown sugar mixture and press into the top of the bacon.

Place in a pre-heated 375-degree oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is crispy. Remove from oven and leave on the rack until cool.

Candied Bacon strips.

How To Store Candied Bacon

Candied bacon stores well and can be kept for up to a week. After the bacon is cool, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to one week in an airtight container, ziplock plastic bag, or plastic wrap.

Can I Freeze Candied Bacon?

If you want to make a larger supply, you can freeze candied bacon for up to 3 months. To thaw, remove it from the freezer and place it in the refrigerator. Once thawed, you can either reheat the bacon or leave it outside the refrigerator until it reaches room temperature. Serve immediately.

Yield: 12 slices

Easy Candied Bacon

Easy Candied Bacon

Easy to make candied bacon, delicious snack or food topping.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 12 slices of thin bacon
  • 4 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • Sprinkle with cracked pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp. smoked bacon sea salt or other sea salt flavor (optional)


  1. Pre-heat over 375 degrees
  2. Cover the drip pan with aluminum foil
  3. Spray the baking rack with cooking spray
  4. Spread bacon on a rack
  5. Sprinkle a light coat of cracked pepper (optional)
  6. Mix brown sugar with any additional sea salt if desired.
  7. Spread brown sugar over each slice of bacon, pressing into the top.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is crispy
  9. Remove and allow to cool on the rack.
  10. Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.


You can be creative and add other flavors to the bacon when adding the brown sugar.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 69Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 12mgSodium 294mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 4g

Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I include basic calorie and nutrition information for recipes as a courtesy. However, due to wide variations in brands, nutrition data is subject to change for every user. Nutrition data is calculated using Calorie Counter App and information is entered as accurately as possible. We subtract all sugar alcohols from erythritol and xylitol from the final carb count because that is how THM calculates carbs.

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Easy Candied Bacon Recipe

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Wednesday 19th of June 2024

Rachel, oh my! Candied bacon on a bloody Mary, or dipped in chocolate! Count me in. I need to try this recipe! Yum. Yum.


Thursday 20th of June 2024

Mary, It's so easy and delicious.


Monday 17th of June 2024

I love candied bacon and I had no idea it was so simple to make! Can’t wait to give it a try!


Tuesday 18th of June 2024

Anne, It is very easy and you can add ingredients for different flavors.

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