Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon (Millionaire’s Bacon)

Sweet, spicy, salty…..this is bacon like you’ve never tasted before.  Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon, also known as Millionaire’s Bacon, is a decadent treat you won’t be able to put down. Hands down, the best bacon ever with it’s crispy, sweet and slightly spicy coating…it’s a wonderful surprise at any dinner party and makes a great holiday gift.

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Smithfield Foods.  All opinions, statements, support and love for bacon are all my own. 🙂

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It’s no secret that I love pork products…especially bacon.  We eat bacon almost everyday here…besides coffee, it’s the only way to start the day…in my opinion (see above disclaimer). Ham comes in at a close second with eggs, bagels and pancakes a very distant tie for third place.

So, I was beyond excited when Smithfield asked me to join them at their smokehouse for two whole days to learn all about their products and how they process their products. Not only was I getting away for two blissfully peaceful days without my crazy loud family….I was going to spend my two blissfully peaceful days stuffing my face with ham and bacon. I couldn’t get on the plane fast enough!

Once I finally arrived in Smithfield, Virginia, I was immediately sucked into the small town vibe.  Imagine all the movies you’ve ever seen in your life that have a “Main Street, USA” feel (Helloooooo Hallmark Channel Christmas movies!!!)…..then infuse with the smell of bacon and a hint of salty air….that’s Smithfield.

Everything about this town is quaint, quiet and totally where you would want to raise your gaggle of children.  We were treated to a historic walking tour of the town and learned about how the town was founded, the dirty little secrets hidden behind all the gorgeous homes (lots of gossip back in the day….lucky for them, social media didn’t exist!) and how the waterfront location helped to shape the industry allowing the town to become what it is today.  I was moving here….totally…I found a house, looked it up and sent it to my husband.

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Let’s get to the bacon…because that’s why you’re all here.  I always wanted to try my hand at candied bacon, I saw it on a travel show or the Food Network once and have been dreaming of it ever since.  The version I saw was spicy, sweet and salty.  My idea of the perfect food.

It turns out…it’s sooooo easy to make, you just need to make sure you use a thick cut bacon like Smithfield Thick Cut bacon that comes in a resealable package.  The thicker cut will take longer to cook giving the sugar time to melt down and caramelize before the bacon burns.

What is Millionaire’s Bacon?

Millionaire’s Bacon is a sweet and spicy caramelized bacon that originated at San Francisco’s Sweet Maple restaurant. Coated in a brown sugar/cayenne pepper coating before being baked, this sweet and spicy treat is a fabulous addition to any party.Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon | The Suburban Soapbox

How do you make Spicy Candied Bacon?

Making this easy sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon is so easy to do, simply follow these steps for pure bacon nirvana:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place a wire rack on a foil lined baking sheet. Arrange the bacon on the wire rack and sprinkle with the cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper and black pepper. Lightly pat the brown sugar on top of the bacon to create a thin layer.
  3. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the brown sugar has melted and the bacon is crisp.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Using tongs, transfer the bacon to a parchment lined baking sheet and allow to cool to room temperature.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature.

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What do you serve Millionaire’s Bacon with?

We like to serve our sweet and spicy candied bacon as an appetizer with beer and cocktails but here are our other favorite ways to use this addicting bacon treat:

  • Top your favorite Wedge Salad to take it totally next level
  • Add to THIS Soup for a burst of savory flavor
  • This Pear Salad is so totally extra with a sprinkle of candied bacon.
  • Layer it on your favorite BLT for an updated twist!

 

 

Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon | The Suburban Soapbox

This Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon (Millionaire’s Bacon) is the best thing since…well, bacon.  I, really, didn’t think bacon could get any better but it can…and it did.

It makes gift giving totally easy when you skip the cookies and fill a cookie tin with Millionaire’s Bacon. Your host or hostess won’t want you to leave….like EVER.

If you just want bacon….just pure and simple bacon…..make sure to try this method for the most perfect, crispy bacon you’ll ever sink your teeth into!

Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon (Millionaire’s Bacon)

Course: Appetizer, Candy, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Candied BAcon
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 347 kcal
Author: Kellie

Lovingly known as Millionaire's Bacon, this Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon is a cinch to make!

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound thick cut bacon
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place a wire rack on a foil lined baking sheet. Arrange the bacon on the wire rack and sprinkle with the cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper and black pepper. Lightly pat the brown sugar on top of the bacon to create a thin layer.
  3. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the brown sugar has melted and the bacon is crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the bacon to a parchment lined baking sheet and allow to cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon (Millionaire’s Bacon)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 399mg 17%
Potassium 188mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 26g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 10.5%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

18 comments on “Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon (Millionaire’s Bacon)”

  1. Oh yum!!! This looks soooo good!

  2. I love to make candied bacon to put as a garnish in bloody mary’s!! Love seeing this recipe – it reminds me that I need to make more soon!

  3. So, I just so happened to win a year’s supply of smithfield bacon a few weeks ago!!! Definitely going to try this with my winnings 🙂

  4. This bacon looks delightful. I do something similar, except it’s all sweet and you drizzle with maple for the last few minutes of cooking. It’s crispy, salty, sweet perfection!

  5. I need this in my life immediately. I may have to make this over the weekend as my contribution to a holiday party! Of course, I may have to make an additional ‘test portion” for myself. :o)

  6. There has to be a typo in this recipe!! I made this the other day, and it was so hot and spicy it literally burnt your mouth! I like spicy foods, but this was crazy. Lol. I ate 2 pieces because it was addicting, but afterwards my mouth was on fire for over an hour. At thanksgiving dinner I had family try and none of them could take more than one bite. I would suggest unless you are making this as a challenge dare food, you cut down the peppers by a lot!!

    • Hi Ashley! I’m so sorry you felt the spice was a bit much. We love our food spicy so I tend to go heavier than I think when creating recipes because you do build a tolerance to the heat level over time. Feel free to cut back on the spice if you like a milder flavor. I hope you give it another try because it is fantastic if you’re not adverse to heat.

  7. How long can you store the candies bacon? Does it have to be refrigerated?

  8. Haha serving size “one slice of bacon”! So yummy, impossible to stop at one slice.

  9. Turned out beautifully!!!

  10. Hi!
    I cooked my bacon 40 min. The taste is amazing (I omitted the red pepper flakes) – super spicy. It’s now completely cooled and is still fairly wet on top and not crispy. The bacon is cooked. Do you think I used too much sugar or it needed to cook longer? I was testing it today for a brunch I’m hosting in a few weeks. Thank you!

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