Candied bacon

An excellent garnish or charcuterie board element!

I am overly fond of bacon, so when I tasted candied bacon for the first time, I got pretty excited. Yet another use for one of my favourite foods! Candied bacon, with its dark, glossy sheen, makes a wonderful addition to a cheese or charcuterie board; it can also be used to garnish just about anything – salads, desserts and more. I like to put a few chopped pieces on top of silky smooth maple mousse for a lovely contrasting crunch.


  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) light brown sugar
  • dash of cayenne and black pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 pound (250 grams) thick-cut bacon (8 slices)


  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut bacon slices into halves crosswise so you have 16 pieces. While this step is not essential, it will help the bacon cook faster and the sugar caramelize more quickly.
  • Mix brown sugar, cayenne, and black pepper (if using) together in a medium bowl.
  • Add bacon pieces and stir gently with a fork to coat bacon with sugar mixture.
  • As you remove each piece of bacon from the bowl to lay it on the parchment paper, press it in the sugar mixture, flipping so both sides get a good coating.
  • Make sure the bacon pieces are not overlapping as you lay them out.
  • Sprinkle any remanding sugar mixture left in the bowl onto the top of the bacon pieces.
  • Put the baking sheet in the centre of the oven and bake until crisp, checking regularly to be sure it’s not burning (about 20 – 30 minutes).
  • Remove the pan from the oven and transfer bacon pieces to a piece of clean brown paper bag to drain and cool. Paper towel is not recommended for this step as it will stick to the hot sugar on the bacon.
  • Can be crumbled or chopped into smaller pieces for use as a garnish, or eaten as-is.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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