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Candied Bacon

Candied bacon (aka Pig Candy) is always a crowd favorite at any gathering. Bacon is covered in brown sugar and spices to give it a caramelized flavor. It's so addictive!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Megan


  • 1 lb. bacon
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Place the rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Set aside a wire rack with a paper towel under it. We will be using this to cool the bacon and you will want the paper towel to catch any drippings.
  • Then, cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lay out the bacon strips.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, cayenne pepper, cloves, and ground cinnamon. Add more or less spice depending on how much of a kick you want to give it.
  • Mix the sugar mixture until no more brown sugar clumps remain.
  • Spread the sugar mixture evenly over the bacon strips.
  • Put in the oven to cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until your desired liking.
  • Cool for 1-2 minutes on the pan to let the sugars solidify. Then finish cooling on the wire rack.
  • When the bacon has cooled cut into 1 inch pieces and serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 69mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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