If you’ve ever been to First Watch, you may have seen Million Dollar Bacon on the menu. This recipe is inspired by that recipe but with a twist! This Candied Bacon recipe is sweet and salty, with a kick of heat. Crispy, thick-cut bacon caramelized with a little bit of spice is a perfect pairing for brunch, a Bloody Mary skewer, or even as a holiday food gift!
My friend, Rhiannon and I recently hosted a Sunday Fun Day brunch. I knew this bacon had to be included on the menu especially on a skewer at our Bloody Mary bar. As soon as Rhiannon tasted it, she said this will definitely get you a husband and so the name was born!
This is a baked bacon recipe, so you’ll be using your oven. It’s the best way to cook bacon, and it’s very easy to do!
After you bake it, you’ll let it cool on a rack to allow the sugar to caramelize and harden for that perfect, crispy, candied texture.
- 10 pieces thick cut bacon
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ teaspoon garlic pepper
- 2 Tbsp honey
Place the oven rack on the center rack.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine brown sugar, and seasonings in a bowl. Set aside.
Place foil on a 13×9 baking sheet.
Add bacon in a single layer.
Cover both sides of pieces of bacon with the brown sugar mixture.
Drizzle honey over top.
Bake in a preheated oven on the center rack for 20 minutes,
Remove bacon from oven and place on cooling rack to dry.