Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon (Millionaire’s Bacon) // Video

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.

Sweet and Spicy candied bacon in a mason jar with charcuterie tray.

 

Note: This post was originally published on December 7, 2015 and updated with improved recipe and photos on November 20, 2018.

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.

I can find just about any occasion to add bacon to the menu for any meal….breakfast, lunch, dinner and now snacks….this Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon recipe is on repeat most of the month.

Sweet and spicy candied bacon on a charcuterie tray.

A few years go I visited the bacon capital of the world 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.  I decided to take 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.

Smithfield Foods Tour | The Suburban Soapbox

 

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.  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.

Close up of sweet and spicy candied bacon in a mason jar.

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.

Overhead shot of sweet and spicy candied bacon.

 

 

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 in two mason jars.

 

 

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!

Oven Baked Bacon on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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.

Recipe Video

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.

 

32 comments on “Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon (Millionaire’s Bacon) // Video”

  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!

  11. I think I just drooled on my keyboard!

  12. Candied bacon is amazing. I made some doughnuts with maple glaze and popped some of this on top. SO GOOD.

  13. This recipe is so good! Thanks for sharing this yummy bacon idea!

  14. Best idea for bacon ever! It always disappears in no time here!

  15. Looks really tempting!!! I find it quite familiar with a dried fruit with oil. However, I think that 30 minutes for some pieces is quite long. Could with use with the pan on the stove?
    – Natalie

  16. Best way to eat bacon in my opinion!  The sweet and spicy pairs so well together!

  17. This bacon would be gone in a second in my house!

  18. This is calling my name!! Looks so good!

  19. In the video you say to cook for 20-30 minutes, but the recipe states 30-40 minutes. Which is the correct time for 350 degrees? Also, have you cooked this at a higher temperature with an adjusted cook time?

    • I have made it at a higher temp but I feel it burns faster on the outside so low and slow is the way to go. For the video I was using a thinner cut and forgot to mention that (I’m a one many show when it comes to video so it’s a lot to remember….trying to get better!) so follow the written directions and just check your bacon near the end of the cooking time.

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