How To: Make Candied Bacon
Before we get started on the essential skill of making your very own batch of candied bacon, I need to pause to tell you some amazing news:
I signed a cookbook deal last week.
And so begins the frantic, not enough time, spending to much money on groceries, stress, lack of sleep that has nothing to do with my toddler, phase of my life. The book is focused on cooking with craft beer, the subject of my other blog, The Beeroness, from which the book truly sprang.
Even with all the warnings from those who have gone before me, all the friends I have who have written cookbooks, novels, non-fiction research books, I am thrilled. Even though I realize that writing a book is light years more work and far less money than anyone ever thinks, I’ll never stop being grateful for being given this opportunity.
Now all I have to do is write it.
So for now, lets make some candied bacon.
First, what do you DO with candied bacon? The better questions is, what wouldn’t you do with candied bacon?
For starters, here are some fabulous ideas:
Candied bacon topped brownies (just sprinkle on top of your favorite brownies before baking)
Candied bacon & Vanilla ice cream
Candied bacon sprinkled on maple doughnuts
Candied bacon mixed into your favorite pancake batter
Candied bacon waffles
Candied bacon on salad (for real)
Candied bacon chocolate chip cookies
Candied Bacon sprinkled on a chocolate tart
12 strips of bacon
1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350.
Sprinkle one side of the strips of bacon with brown sugar.
Press it into the bacon well.
Place the bacon, sugar side down, on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. You are going to want to cover the baking sheet with a Silpat or aluminum foil, the drippings will burn and be difficult to clean.
Top the other side of the bacon (the side facing up) with more brown sugar and press into the bacon.
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Using a pair of tongs, turn each slice and continue to bake until a dark brown and cooked through.
Bacon will not crisp in the oven. Bacon will not get crispy until it cools and the sugar has hardened.
Allow bacon to cool, chop and use in all sorts of amazing ways.
Averie @ Averie Cooks November 14, 2012 um 2:06 am
I’ve made something similar with eggplant 'bacon' but boy my hubs would love your version!
Blog is the New Black November 14, 2012 um 3:00 am
Kristi White November 14, 2012 um 6:48 am
CONGRATULATIONS, on the book!!! All our love and best wishes. The candied bacon looks amazing, I am sure the Mr. will love this one.
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet November 14, 2012 um 7:01 am
Congratulations on your cookbook deal, Jackie! I know it’s going to be a hit! This bacon sounds so intriguing, especially in chocolate chip cookies.
Ashley – Baker by Nature November 14, 2012 um 8:10 am
This is AMAZING news!!! Congrats! You Sooooo deserve it 🙂 And candied bacon is something I know my boyfriend will go gaga for.
RavieNomNoms November 14, 2012 um 10:25 am
That is amazing!!!! Good for you!
This bacon, holy moly….it looks fantastic!!! WHEW! I will take a bowl immediately haha
Bree November 14, 2012 um 12:36 pm
No way! That’s awesome–CONGRATS! 🙂
Cassie | Bake Your Day November 14, 2012 um 12:45 pm
I can’t wait for some of this. It looks so amazing, Jackie! I doubt it would make it into any recipes, we would just keep snacking on it until it’s all gone. 🙂
claire @ the realistic nutritionist November 14, 2012 um 5:47 pm
chinmayie @ love food eat November 14, 2012 um 8:09 pm
CONGRATS! That’s amazing news 🙂 I am sure you will be great at it.
Nicole @ Lapetitebaker November 14, 2012 um 11:44 pm
Congrats on the cook book deal!! You deserve it. As a struggling writer, I can’t wait for the day I get the call or in this day and age, the email. As for this bacon, it’s midnight and you’re pictures are making my stomach growl. As soon as I wake up tomorrow, I am making this for breakfast. FACT.
Linda November 15, 2012 um 7:59 am
Thanks! I’ll be adding this to my chocolate cupcakes from now on!
[email protected] November 15, 2012 um 11:07 am
That’s great about the book – I agree – who cares what other people think – how hard it will be – enjoy the process!
Best of luck to you!
Alex November 15, 2012 um 11:50 am
BACON! SUGAR! That’s a lot of awesomeness in 2 simple ingredients. Try coconut sugar (though taste varies on the product), it lends a hint of nutty and caramel flavor to the bacon.
Alex November 15, 2012 um 11:51 am
And I can’t wait to find the book.
Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 15, 2012 um 4:07 pm
Jackie, I can not be more thrilled for you! We should totally have lunch soon to celebrate! That is, if you have time 🙂
And this candied bacon? Uh, I’m totally bringing this as my dessert to Thanksgiving!
Anna @ hiddenponies November 15, 2012 um 9:26 pm
HUGE congratulations on the book!! You are by far one of my favourite bloggers and I love the creativity of your blogs, it will be an amazing book well worth all the work I’m sure 🙂
Valerie @ From Valerie’s Kitchen November 18, 2012 um 5:12 pm
YAY!!! I am so excited for you Jackie! The Beeroness site is so awesomely cool it was only a matter of time. I am so looking forward to hearing about you go through this process and I can’t wait to get a hold of a copy once it is published!
Lovin' the candied bacon. I mean, it’s candied bacon!
Chris The Girl November 28, 2012 um 3:43 pm
Great post! Sounds amazing, will make soon.
Laurie January 1, 2013 um 9:02 am
I’ve made similar on numerous occasions but I quarter the slices of bacon first then dip in either pure maple syrup or agave syrup then cover with brown sugar. Decadent!
Cindy Maynard January 1, 2013 um 6:55 pm
An old friend of mine use to make this, but he sprinkled cayenne pepper on it. It was so delicious, all hot and spicey. He would always bring it to parties to share with us. Try it!
Chris January 25, 2013 um 11:19 am
I like crumpling up the said bacon and stirring it in ice cream. Coffee ice cream worked really well. Haven’t tried other flavors yet.
Sunshine February 13, 2013 um 10:33 am
This is so yummy! I made a sandwich with the bacon. Make 2 waffles that are on the crispy side (they act as the bread), use the bacon to make the "sandwich." I cut it in half or quarters for easier dipping. Dip in maple syrup or preserves of your choice. So,so,so good. Even better when you use maple bacon for this. Congratulations on your book deal!
Jackie February 13, 2013 um 10:41 am
That sounds so good!!
Jaynee April 12, 2014 um 12:17 pm
You forgot the most important and popular way to use this. EAT IT! Yeah…just like it is. I could (and have) eaten a pound of it!
Leslie October 13, 2016 um 9:57 am
Can I use turkey bacon? I have a family member that doesn’t eat pork. I have never used turkey bacon so I don’t know if the texture, taste and consistency would be OK.