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This Spicy Maple Candied Bacon takes glorious bacon and makes it even better. Use it in soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and more! 
 Close up of a stack of Candied Bacon to show maple syrup, brown sugar, cayenne pepper sauce on them.

Bacon is good stuff by itself. Add a little heat and some sugar and wowzers, you’ve got yourself bacon nirvana! This candied bacon is sure to impress and totally simple to make. It transforms the delicious bacon strips into this sweet and salty candy with a nice slight chew. The slight heat leaves your taste buds craving more. Really, it is just ridiculously good.

It could be served plain or incorporated into almost any dish where you’d use regular bacon. Trust me, it’ll take the whole thing up a notch. Salads, appetizerssoups, breakfast items, and more.You can also incorporate it into desserts. The possibilities really are endless!  One of the most popular uses of it on my website is with my BLT Deviled Eggs. I’m telling you, it really takes it up a notch.  This really is a must make recipe. It could very well change the way you eat bacon forever!

What does it mean to candy something? You see it all the time on cooking shows and such. It is really quite simple. It just means that you are coating something in some sort of sugar. Usually you’d be melting the sugar first which should be done low and slow as to not burn. The above recipe dissolves the sugar into the maple syrup and melts during the baking process.

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A stack of Candied Bacon on a white plate.
This Spicy Maple Candied Bacon takes glorious bacon and makes it even better. Use it in soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and more!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
  • 1 pound sliced bacon
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a jelly roll baking pan with foil. Spray with nonstick spray.
  • Combine maple syrup, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.
  • Dip the bacon strips into the mixture, letting the excess drip off before placing them on the baking pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until the bacon is browned and crisp.
  • Let cool on a rack for a few minutes to let them dry and stiffen up.


Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 190mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Maple-Candied Bacon
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January 27, 2019 7:15 pm

Hi. This looks and sounds yummy!! I’m just curious why the bacon isn’t laid on a slotted or wired, raised surface so the fat goes underneath the bacon when it cooks. The only thing I can picture by laying the strips flat on a pan is pulling it out of the oven to find the bacon covered with fat. I watched the video to find out and it doesn’t show it! For anyone who’s already made it, how to you deal with the fat?

December 1, 2018 11:40 pm

5 stars
oh. my. god.

I can’t tell you how many bacon recipes I’ve tried… but by far this is the best EVER and by a landslide. It’s definitely sweet and there’s no hiding that but that cayenne pepper is so unexpected! I honestly suck at writing reviews but D A M N, this recipe is incredible.

Thank you so much!!!

May 22, 2018 8:15 am

Could you use turkey bacon?

July 21, 2020 3:38 pm
Reply to  Jennifer

Turkey bacon is usually very limp, so I don’t think it would be a good option.

April 24, 2018 4:19 am

If i make it in advance how long can i store it

March 28, 2018 11:42 am

Put the bacon on a cooling rack . Then on the baking sheet. The grease drips off and you can do away with mos of the drying part then. 🙂

August 10, 2018 3:14 pm
Reply to  Beth

5 stars
I bet the drippings would make a fabulous gravy to use the next morning for biscuits and gravy!!

Michael Keller
November 7, 2018 9:53 am
Reply to  pchic14

5 stars
I bet it would too. It would probably make an even better Vineagrette for something like Wilted Lettuce or Wilted Watercress.

January 27, 2019 7:28 pm
Reply to  Beth

Thank you! It seemed weird to me to lay it flat in the pan–it would be drowning in it’s own fat. Taking it out of the oven when it’s finished wasn’t shown in the video.

December 29, 2017 8:49 am

5 stars
OMG! This was perfect on my thick peppered bacon! FABULOUS!

September 16, 2017 4:45 pm

Can you cook the bacon low and slow in a cast iron pan?

August 7, 2017 6:15 pm

5 stars
This is fabulous! I took it to a work pot luck, and I got about 50 emails asking for the recipe! The next pot luck is sundae toppings – candied bacon. I am just not sure – cayenne pepper, blacked crapped pepper or nothing savory? Any suggestions?

August 7, 2017 8:42 pm
Reply to  Karen

crapped=cracked. I am so humiliated about that mistake! I also wasn’t clear on my question – should I skip the savory elements if I am using it for a sweet dessert?

Carol Hanson
May 11, 2018 10:07 am
Reply to  Karen

5 stars
Yes. Savory. A bit of cayenne pepper and bacon on whipped cream ! Who could ask for more. Sounds strictly American: doesn’t it ?
Such indulgence !

Beverley Bakker
December 30, 2018 3:56 pm
Reply to  Carol Hanson

It does sound strictly American… I’m an Aussie and just can’t get my head around some of American food combos… even Pumpkin Pie sounds “different” to me, let alone bacon as a sweet dessert…!! I will try this though as I think it would be sensational in devilled eggs.

February 14, 2019 11:57 pm

I am an American I felt the same way when I s tatted seeing pumpkin not in pie. Have tried some great recipes though. If you can get the ingredients in beautiful Australia please try pumpkin pie, it really is great, don’t forget the whipped cream.

March 19, 2019 1:46 am

5 stars
i am using this recipe to make salted maple bacon truffles and im an aussie 2 cant wait hope it works out well

July 4, 2018 11:32 pm
Reply to  Karen

5 stars
I’ve dipped the horizontal edge of candied bacon after it has cooled into melted milk and white chocolate. That’d work as a great ice cream topping or garnish.

Linda Welker
August 5, 2017 7:04 pm

How should I store maple candied bacon?

Kaye Ward
May 28, 2017 12:04 pm

Had Candied Bacon for the first time at Bob Evans
in Johnson City Tn, I could not stop eating it ! I have to learn how to make it !

Karen Pockey
March 26, 2017 6:32 pm

Where could you buy Candied Bacon – do they sell it?

Lilly kramer
December 26, 2017 10:26 am
Reply to  Karen Pockey

4 stars
I don’t know where you live but there is a restaurant called Haze Smokehouse and LaSalle Illinois. I was there for the first time a couple weeks ago and had their candied bacon. It was absolutely delicious. I live about a hundred miles away from there and thought about going back for more but I decided to try to make it at home instead. This recipe is great! I have made it with and without the Cayenne. Really good both ways.

william mitchell
March 25, 2017 7:39 am

5 stars

January 7, 2013 9:22 pm

A Silpat mat works great for this. Also, I just read a recipe for candied bacon homemade ice cream! Got to try that!

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