Candied Bacon: Halloween Treats for the Adults

First we took something that almost everyone loves: bacon. Then we made it so delicious that it’ll set your hair on end. THEN we did something to it that will set your hair on FIRE  and then you’ll THANK us for that! Just wait. This is the best Halloween treat ever and is definitely not for the costumed crowds that will come knocking at your door on Halloween.

It all started with Michael, my son-who-is-probably-a-better-cook-than-I-am. He’s been baking with Bruce at Owl Creek Breadworks (Bruce ships his bread, by the way) for several years now and boy howdy can those two guys get into delicious trouble over there! They’ve been making bacon-cheddar-red onion croissants to sell at the local farmers market so they were always working with bacon.

All that working with bacon led to lots of conversations about bacon and all its various iterations. Very dangerous. A few weeks ago, they made candied or caramelized bacon. Michael came home and immediately demonstrated for us. It was easy and AMAZING. And as we brainstormed some more, it just kept getting better.

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As we approach that day when every household has a bowl of individually packaged Halloween treats to hand out at the front door, consider what treats the ADULTS around the house really need. I submit that we need bacon.

First the basic caramelized bacon recipe and then a variation that has rocked our bacon world.

Candied Bacon

  • 1 pound package of thick-sliced bacon
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • Optional: cayenne pepper flakes, coarsely ground black pepper, sea salt

Using thick-sliced bacon is very important. We favor Smithfield butcher’s cut but use whatever is your favorite brand.

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Preheat the oven to 350°. After some experimenting, we’ve found that the best set-up is to use a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan. You’ll need a pan that has edges or you’ll end up with grease all over your oven and big, cozy kitchen fire. Not good. Use a non-stick spray on the rack before you put bacon on it.

Put the brown sugar into a bowl and start scrumbling the bacon slices around in it. Once they’re liberally coated, lay the slices out carefully on the wire rack. If you need to use more brown sugar, go for it.

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At this point, you can also sprinkle ground pepper or cayenne pepper flakes on the tops of the slices. Or not. This bacon will be amazing either way.

Bake for ten minutes. Turn each slice over and bake for another ten minutes. The bacon should be close to being done. If it seems like it needs a little bit more time, turn it over again and bake it for a couple more minutes. Keep a very close watch on it. All that sugar will start burning quickly if left unattended.

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After taking the bacon out of the oven, let it cool for about 15 minutes (if you can), cut each piece in half and start doling it out like you would precious gold. It’s amazing. See? I told you!

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Now….to take it up a notch, consider making ……

Caramelized Habanero Bacon. Oh my. The first time Michael tasted this, his eyes rolled back in his head with sheer delight.

The very, VERY, VERY important thing to remember when working with Habaneros is to always wear gloves, especially if you’re massaging habanero salsa into a slice of bacon.

Stir a tablespoon of Habañero salsa into the cup of brown sugar and then proceed as before. Put your gloves on before handling the salsified bacon. All the other directions remain the same.

The very best thing about this variation on Candied Bacon is that the bacon and salsa together work perfectly. The bacon backs off the heat of the Habaneros and still retains the incredible flavor. (And just in the interest of science, we tried baking bacon with habañero salsa on it WITHOUT the brown sugar…yummy but extremely hot! The sugar mellowed the habañeros but without the sugar…wow. Hair on fire.)

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See, you have to wear gloves or the habaneros will haunt you for a long time

Actually, the most dangerous thing about this candied bacon is all the practice-until-it’s-perfect that we’re going to have to do between now and October 31!

This caramelized bacon makes a really tasty appetizer too.

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Candied Bacon: Halloween Treats for the Adults

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 10-12 strips of candied bacon

1/2 strip of bacon

Candied/Caramelized Bacon--a Halloween Treat for the grown ups.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound package of thick-sliced bacon
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • Optional: cayenne pepper flakes, coarsely ground black pepper, sea salt

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°. After some experimenting, we've found that the best set-up is to use a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan. You'll need a pan that has edges or you'll end up with grease all over your oven and big, cozy kitchen fire. Not good. Use a non-stick spray on the rack before you put bacon on it.

Put the brown sugar into a bowl and start scrumbling the bacon slices around in it. Once they're liberally coated, lay the slices out carefully on the wire rack. If you need to use more brown sugar, go for it.

At this point, you can also sprinkle ground pepper or cayenne pepper flakes on the tops of the slices. Or not. This bacon will be amazing either way.

Bake for ten minutes. Turn each slice over and bake for another ten minutes. The bacon should be close to being done. If it seems like it needs a little bit more time, turn it over again and bake it for a couple more minutes. Keep a very close watch on it. All that sugar will start burning quickly if left unattended.

After taking the bacon out of the oven, let it cool for about 15 minutes.

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