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Amazing Candied Bacon Recipe

This Candied Bacon Recipe features crispy, caramelized strips of bacon with a hint of heat and is perfect for your next breakfast or brunch menu!
Course Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword candied bacon, candied bacon recipe, candy bacon, million dollar bacon, millionaire bacon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 293kcal


  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil, silicone liner, or parchment paper


  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. cracked black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ Tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes


Candied Bacon in the Oven

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    Line a baking sheet pan with a silicone liner, parchment paper or foil. Lay the uncooked bacon sliced onto the pan.
    In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cracked black pepper, cayenne pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.
    ½ cup brown sugar, ½ tsp. cracked black pepper, ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper, ½ Tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes
    ingredients for candied bacon on a table - thick-cut bacon, and a bowl of brown sugar, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and red pepper flakes
  • Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the bacon slices, fully coating all of the slices. Using your hands, gently pat the sugar down onto the slices of bacon.
    1 pound thick-cut bacon
    fully coat the candied bacon with the ingredients
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until brown and crispy. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Check at 30 minutes and if it isn't as crisp as you'd like, put it back in for the full 40.
    Carefully transfer the bacon from the baking sheet pan to a cooling rack and let cool for another 10 minutes.
    cooked candied bacon on a lined sheet pan

Air Fryer Candied Bacon

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, pepper, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes. Mix well.
    Candied bacon mix in a bowl
  • Sprinkle mixture all over bacon and pat down.
    Patting candied bacon mixture onto bacon
  • Spray air fryer with olive oil, then add bacon and fry for 8 minutes, checking halfway through at 4 minutes to see if any of the bacon needs any rearranging to crisp up.
    Placing candied bacon in air fryer
  • Serve and enjoy!
    four strips of candied bacon on a plate with two eggs



  • Depending on the size of your baking sheet pan and the number of bacon slices in the package, you may need to use two sheet pans. 
  • Be sure to let the slices fully cool, this will allow the caramelized sugar to harden. 
  • Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. 


Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 394mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 359IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg