Spicy Candied Bacon

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

5 from 1 reviews

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.


Keywords: Spicy Candied Bacon, Candied bacon