Sarah Stone

Candy? Yes. Bacon? Yes! Candied bacon? Good God, yes! Slather thick-cut bacon in maple syrup, brown sugar and a hit of black pepper for a salty-sweet delight that elevates brunch to an ohmygosh level. We love serving it waffle-side in the morning, but the real treat is cutting it up into bite-sized pieces and pairing it with a stiff drink come cocktail hour. You’ll soon understand why it’s nicknamed “millionaire’s bacon.”

Candied Bacon

A PureWow Original Recipe

  • Makes 6 to 8 servings
  • Start to Finish: 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 pound thick-cut bacon

¼ cup maple syrup

½ cup brown sugar

Coarsely ground black pepper

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and top with a roasting rack. Lightly spritz the rack with nonstick spray. Lay the bacon on the rack, leaving just a tiny bit of room between each piece.

2. Brush the bacon with maple syrup, then sprinkle with brown sugar. Top with a generous sprinkling of pepper.

3. Bake until the sugar is melted and the bacon is crisp, 15 to 17 minutes (or a little longer if you like it extra crispy). Let the bacon cool for 5 minutes before removing it from the rack and serving.

Finishing Touches

It's the details that count! Try these tips

  • Spice it up: Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes to your bacon for an added punch of heat.

  • Digging the flavor? Try another killer bacon recipe.

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