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Caramelized Bacon

Caramelized bacon is crispy, candied bacon made with a pecan, brown sugar, and maple syrup pasteā€”it's the first thing to go at parties!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 154kcal
Author: Lucy Brewer


  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 pound thick-sliced applewood-smoked bacon


  • Preheat oven to 375. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and place wire rack on top.
  • Combine brown sugar and pecans in food processor and pulse until pecans are ground. Add salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Pulse a few times.
  • Add maple syrup and pulse until mixed and paste forms.
  • Cut bacon slices in half crosswise and place pieces on the rack without touching.
  • Get a cup of hot water for dipping the spoon.
  • With the back of a spoon or your fingers, spread pecan mixture on each piece of bacon. Cover each piece but don't spread too thickly. Dip spoon in water if difficult to spread.
  • Bake 30-40 minutes, until topping is very brown but not burnt. Bacon must be very brown to get crisp as it cools.
  • While hot, remove bacon to plate lined with paper towels and allow to cool.
  • Serve at room temperature.


I usually quadruple this recipe since we have a large gathering. The bacon can be prepared and baked early in the day.