Plain ole fried bacon is delicious. Bacon candied is divine! When I made Cloud Eggs with Cheese recently, I wanted something delicious and a bit out of the ordinary for what I eat for breakfast food, so I made candied bacon. There were two kinds that interested me. One was simple and sweet, the other was a mix of sweet and spicy. Because I couldn’t decide which one to make to go with my breakfast, I made both. I figured whatever wasn’t consumed during breakfast could definitely be eaten later in a salad, as a snack or on a sandwich.
I used thick cut bacon for this recipe. I thought it might hold up better with the brown sugar coating. For one recipe, I only used brown sugar, easy peasy. I called it Simple Candied Bacon. For the other recipe, I used brown sugar and cayenne pepper, still easy peasy. I called it Spicy Candied Bacon. I liked both types of candied bacon but I think I prefered Simple Candied Bacon for breakfast with my Cloud Eggs with Cheese. I snacked on the Spicy Candied Bacon during the day. The Spicy Candied Bacon would be fantastic on a BLTA sandwich. I’ll try that next time I make Spicy Candied Bacon. Either the Simple Candied Bacon or the Spicy Candied Bacon would be a tasty easy to make appetizer that will please a crowd. Enjoy!
- 8 slices thick cut bacon
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp chili powder
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with foil.
Add the brown sugar (and chili powder if making Spicy Candied Bacon) to a mixing bowl. Then dredged each slice of bacon through the brown sugar making sure to thoroughly coat each piece. Place each coated piece of bacon on the foil lined baking sheet so they are not touching. Sprinkle any remaining brown sugar mixture evenly on the pieces of bacon.
Pop the baking sheet with bacon in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Keep your eye on the bacon so it doesn’t burn. Remove the bacon from the oven when done and cool the pieces on parchment paper or a wire rack. They are very sticky when warm but the brown sugar mixture will harden when it cools so they’ll be less sticky. You can definitely eat these pieces of bacon when they are cooled off. Be careful about eating the bacon when it’s too warm or else you may burn your tongue on the hot brown sugar.