Candied bacon piled on a light blue plate set on a white surface

Spicy Candied Bacon

  • Author: Lauren Grant of Zestful Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This candied bacon is sweet, salty, and slight spicy. Crisp and caramelized, this candied bacon makes a fun appetizer or tasty breakfast side dish.



  • 1 pound thick-sliced bacon
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar, sucanat, or coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper


Heat oven to 375°F.

Line a baking sheet with foil then set a wire rack in sheet.

Arrange bacon in a single layer on rack and bake 20 minutes.

Combine sugar, chili powder, and cayenne pepper; evenly sprinkle on bacon then return to oven and bake until crispy, 15–20 minutes more.

Let cool slightly, then serve.


Make ahead tip: cook the bacon halfway through (before adding the spice mixture) then store in a zipper-lock bag in the refrigerator. On the day of, heat oven to 375°F and arrange bacon on rack in pan (according to recipe instructions). Cook bacon 5 minutes to reheat, then sprinkle with spice mixture and continue to cook according to instructions.


  • Calories: 137
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 286mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 23mg

Keywords: Spicy Candied Bacon, Candied bacon