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Spicy Maple Candied Bacon

4.5 stars based on 7 votes

candied bacon

Candied bacon (AKA “Man Candy”) has all the makings of an addictive snack: it’s crispy, chewy, sweet, salty, smoky, and even a little spicy. For this version, I use thick-cut applewood smoked bacon and slather it with a maple syrup, brown sugar, and chipotle glaze halfway through cooking. As the bacon cooks, the glaze sizzles and thickens into a shiny, candy-like coating. This stuff really is man candy — I made it for the Maryland game this past weekend and my husband and son polished it off before tip-off.

ingredients

Start by lining a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up, and setting an oven-proof rack over top. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on the rack. Bake for 20 minutes.

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Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, maple syrup, and chipotle powder. Set aside.

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Remove the pan from the oven and flip the bacon slices. Using a spoon, spread the brown sugar mixture evenly over the bacon.

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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-syrup mixture dries out; otherwise the bacon can be a little sticky.

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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).

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Spicy Maple Candied Bacon

Servings: 12 strips

Ingredients

  • 1 lb thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, best quality (I like the 365 brand from Whole Foods)
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder (see note)

Instructions

  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 isn't too spicy - you'll just notice a little kick at the end of each bite. For more heat, increase the amount of chipotle chile powder 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

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    I made this for my son’s 18th birthday – he and 6 other boys enjoyed this as a snack. I was asked to make it again for one of his friends’ birthdays. This is delicious!

    - Marla on May 11, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Loved it! Bursting with flavor (we like it hot so added a bit more chipotle). Great for a change!

    - rust on April 28, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Candied bacon is the best, and this is a fantastic recipe. Sometimes, I’ll swap out sriracha for the chili powder for a slightly different taste.

    I can’t call this man-candy any more; my wife eats too much of it!

    - Reuben on April 23, 2017 Reply
  • Can I make this the day before my party please?

    - Joyce Mundie on April 5, 2017 Reply
    • You can, but they will lose their nice crispiness.

      - Jenn on April 5, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I followed the recipe exactly – even down to the recommended brand of bacon – and it came out great. We call it pig candy around here :).

    - Barb on March 8, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was amazing! My husband wanted a bacon and tomato sandwich and it worked out perfect!

    - Allyson on March 5, 2017 Reply
  • 1 stars

    i struggled with this recipe. It still looked wet and I burned it. Im not sure I’ll give it another try. Im a big fan of Jenn but not this recipe.

    - Jody Pease on March 2, 2017 Reply
    • So sorry you had trouble Jody! Keep in mind that the bacon will still look wet when you first take it out of the oven; it will crisp up as it dries.

      - Jenn on March 3, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This bacon looks so delicious… Can’t wait to taste it!!!
    Thank you

    - George on February 28, 2017 Reply
  • Can these be made the day before and refrigerated to serve the next day?

    - Heidi on February 22, 2017 Reply
    • Sure, but they will lose their crispiness.

      - Jenn on February 23, 2017 Reply

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