Maple Candied Bacon

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Candy? Yes. Bacon? Umm, yes. Maple candied bacon? Good God, yes! And it’s way easier to make than you might think, we promise. You basically just slather thick-cut bacon in maple syrup, sprinkle it with brown sugar and a hint of black pepper for a salty-sweet delight that elevates breakfast to an ohmygosh level. Use it as a garnish for your favorite brunch cocktail, crumble pieces of it over a salad or add it to a sandwich. Or hey, just enjoy it all on its own. Wake up and smell the (maple-candied) bacon.


1 pound thick-cut bacon

¼ cup maple syrup

½ cup brown sugar

Coarsely ground black pepper


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

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

3. Finally, bake until the sugar is melted and the bacon is crisp, about 15 to 17 minutes. Or if you’re like is and prefer it a little extra crispy, feel free to leave it in a little longer. Let the bacon cool for 5 minutes before removing it from the rack and serving. 

Voilá, welcome in bacon heaven. You’re welcome. 

Nutrition Facts
  • 395 calories

  • 30g fat

  • 22g carbs

  • 10g protein

  • 20g sugars

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