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The Best Easy Candied Bacon

The Best Easy Candied Bacon will disappear quickly! Serve it for breakfast or brunch, as an appetizer or a snack. This sweet and salty recipe is only 2 ingredients and quick and easy to make.
Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, candied bacon,
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Kathleen Phillips | GritsAndGouda.com
Cost 6

Equipment

  • sheet pan

Ingredients

  • 10 slices bacon (thick cut or regular)
  • 10 tablespoons light brown sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Lay the bacon on an aluminum foil-lined pan. I prefer foil to parchment paper here for easy clean up. It's ok for the bacon to touch but not overlap.
  • For Sweet & Spicy Candied Bacon, sprinkle black pepper, cayenne pepper, or crushed red pepper flakes on the bacon
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly on just one side of the bacon and gently press down with fingertips. (1 tablespoon per piece of bacon.)
  • Bake thick cut bacon at 350F for 20 to 22 minutes or just until the bacon is browned and crispy on the outside edges. The rest of the bacon will firm up when it cools. For regular cut bacon, bake for 17 to 18 minutes or until edges are crispy. No need to turn the bacon.
  • IMMEDIATELY remove bacon from the sheet pan with tongs to a cooling rack. Do not place on paper towels as you would normally do with bacon. Candied Bacon will stick to paper towels. If Candied Bacon is not removed from the pan soon, it will stick to the foil.
  • Although the melted brown sugar may burn around the edges of the pan, it shouldn't burn the bacon. This is why you watch it closely.
  • Let cool completely on parchment paper, silicone baking mat, or other nonstick surface. Just like homemade candy, if you try to eat it before it cools, it may stick to your teeth. And it's HOT before it cools.