Maple Candied Bacon

Maple Candied Bacon
Over the holidays I like to give homemade treats as gifts and although my favourite gift is the maple bacon jam this candied bacon is a close second! Candied bacon is essentially bacon that is coated in sugar(s), in this case maple syrup and brown sugar, and roasted until the bacon is cooked and the sugars melt and form a sweet coating wrapped around the crispy and salty bacon! When I was a kid and went camping one of my favourite breakfasts to help out making was pancakes and bacon because I could pour some maple syrup into the pan while I was cooking the bacon and it would coat the bacon and caramelize on it creating this amazing combination of sweet and salty in the crispy bacon and this candied bacon is pretty much the same idea! Once the bacon is coked and crispy it's the perfect gift Bacon-mas, I mean Christmas! (Assuming that you can resist eating it all yourself!... My precioussss...)

Maple Candied Bacon
Sweet and salty!

Maple Candied Bacon
Nice and crispy!

Maple Candied Bacon

Maple Candied Bacon

Maple Candied Bacon

Maple Candied Bacon

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Maple Candied Bacon

Maple Candied Bacon

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes Servings: 12

Crispy maple and brown sugar candied bacon that is the perfect combination of sweet and salty!


ingredients
  • 1 pound thick cut bacon
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
directions
  1. Place the bacon on a wire rack on a foil lined baking pan, brush the top of the bacon with maple syrup and sprinkle on some brown sugar.
  2. Bake in a preheated 400F/200C oven for 15 minutes, flip the bacon, brush with maple syrup and sprinkle on the brown sugar and bake for another 15 minutes or until it reaches the desired level of crispiness.

Option: Sprinkle on some black pepper or cayenne for a bit of heat.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 115, Fat 5.3g (Saturated 1.7g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 14mg, Sodium 293mg, Carbs 12g (Fiber 0, Sugars 11.1g), Protein 47g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

33 comments:

Maria said...

My boys would love this! Merry Christmas!

We Are Not Martha said...

Best gift ever! Seriously, who wouldn't love this?!

Sues

Naomi said...

This looks so good! Candied bacon is a favorite in my home, so it would never make it out of the house for gifting.

Heather Christo said...

this looks so good I just made my hubby come look at the picture. I think this has to go on our Xmas morning line up!

Maria said...

Josh will go wild for these!

daddypedro said...

Maybe a little sriracha whisked with the maple. Just a bit :)

Kevin Lynch said...

daddypedro: Yes!! I like to sprinkle a little cayenne on it but sriracha is also a great idea!

materra said...

Stupid question - is this too sticky messy to work as a road trip survival kit?

Kevin Lynch said...

materra: If you cook the bacon until it's crispy the maple syrup and sugar will caramelize and harden rather than remain wet and sticky. Enjoy!

Julie Wampler said...

Omg, I would seriously not be able to stop myself if I had an entire batch of these!! They would be so versatile to top on everything, too!

Kevin Lynch said...

Julie Wampler: It is great on top of other things! I have been using it in turkey sandwiches!

Unknown said...

It looks pretty tasty Kevin. I've made this before, but never ahead of time. Could I make it the night before to take to work in the morning? If so, would it be better kept at room temp or refrigerated?
Best wishes, Sher

Kevin Lynch said...

Unknown: You can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a couple of days! Enjoy!

Christin Romei said...

I want to make this for a birthday party. Can I make this the night before? How do I store it? Will it still be good if not hot at the party?

Kevin Lynch said...

Christin Romei: You can make it a day ahead and store it in the fridge overnight. It's great right, from the fridge, room temperature or warmed a bit. Enjoy1

melanie mills said...

This will go great with my peanut butter fudge mmmmmmmmmmmmm can taste em now

Christin Romei said...

I keep burning mine. Thinking the timing is too long on this rec

Cathy said...

I'm using this for office gifts this year. Using a 8 oz mason jar decorated with ribbon and a bell and putting 8 (half size) pcs of bacon in each jar. Thanks for the recipe!

Sylvia Tibbs said...

My first batch is in the oven.Testing it for a Christmas gift. I get to try it first. I can't wait!

Kevin Lynch said...

Christin Romei: Remove the bacon from the oven when it is crispy and before it starts to burn. The bake time will vary depending on the bacon so keep an eye on it near the end.

Kevin Lynch said...

Cathy: What a great way to gift it!

Kevin Lynch said...

Sylvia Tibbs: Enjoy!

Mystic Angel said...

I'm assuming this has to stay refrigerated?

2cairnterriers said...

so i also wondered about cooking/timing...when i do bacon in the oven, it seems to take forever (yes, at 400°f)...worried about the sugar/syrup burning...can i cook the bacon a little bit first, then brush w/coating? guess i should just experiment. thx!

Kevin Lynch said...

2cairnterriers: The sugar that drips to the bottom of the pan sometimes starts to burn but the sugar on the bacon does not burn before the bacon gets crispy. (I like to line the baking pan with foil for easier cleanup because of this!) Yes, you can cook the bacon a bit first and then add the sugar! Enjoy!

Kevin Lynch said...

Mystic Angel: That is correct!

Sumi said...

What about a toaster oven? I find it cooks faster than normal ovens and really do not want to burn it. :c

Kevin Lynch said...

Sumi: I have not tried in a toaster oven; I would keep an eye on it and it it looks like it is going to burn, loosely place some foil on top to prevent it from burning. Enjoy!

Tanya Lowry said...

This was the best thing I have ever tasted!! We burned our mouths causes we could not wait long enough for it to cool all the way. Only thing I have to say is really watch it closely during the last 15 mins of cooking cause it goes from crispy perfection to a burnt mess really quickly. Also I found out you cannot crowd the bacon on the pan if pieces over lap they don't cook all they way.

Rachael said...

I LOVE this recipe. I changed things up this year for Valentine's Day and made my boyfriend a bouquet of bacon roses using this recipe. It was a huge hit!! I'm also planning on using this recipe for some candied bacon chocolate chip cookies ��

Unknown said...

Is it pure maple syrup you use?

Kevin Lynch said...

Unknown: Yes, pure maple syrup.

Ashley Bourgeois said...

Any tips for not getting the bacon to stick to the wire rack? Mine always likes to be stubborn

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