Sweet & Spicy Candied Bacon


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Every so often blog posts challenge me to do something really fun. This time? I purchased special treats for my dogs {I will share that with you in a bit} and prepared a special treat for my family. Everyone in the family deserves delicious food, right?

I’m going to start with my recipe for Sweet & Spicy Candied Bacon. This is like everything you enjoy about eating bacon for breakfast that may have gotten a sprinkle of maple syrup from your pancakes with the sugary crunch of a great peanut brittle and a little kick of heat. Basically… it’s awesome! It can be served alone as a snack, like eating beef jerky, or added to other dishes like salads, cocktails, or cooked vegetables.


  • 8 ounces of uncooked bacon
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 T real maple syrup
  • 1 t whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 t coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/8 t chili powder


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar, maple syrup, whole grain mustard, black pepper, and chili powder. I love heat, so I used a habanero chili powder, but you can use something milder or omit it altogether. The whole grain mustard adds a great flavor and texture to the bacon.

Add your bacon to the bowl with the brown sugar mixture. Evenly coat each piece of bacon. Line a half sheet pan with aluminum foil, add a cooling rack, and place your bacon on the rack. This way, the fat will drop down to the bottom as the bacon cooks.

Place your bacon in the oven for 15 minutes. At that time, flip each piece of bacon over and return to the oven for 10 mins. After 10 mins, flip the bacon over again and return to the oven for 10 minutes. Your bacon should look nicely caramelized. Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool completely.

As the bacon cools, it will get a crispy, crunchy texture as the sugars solidify. This is how you get that peanut brittle feel to your candied bacon. If you can wait this long – and I will tell you it is not easy with how delicious your house will smell as you cook it – you can enjoy this delicious Sweet & Spicy Candied Bacon.

Now that the humans in my house are enjoying their treat, it’s time to treat the dogs! We tried three new Rachel Ray™ Nutrish® dog treats that we purchased online at chewy.com:

  • Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Deli Cuts
  • Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Meatloaf Morsels
  • Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Pawsta

These treats are made with real U.S. farm-raised beef or chicken as the #1 ingredient. They are free of artificial flavors, meat by-products, corn, and wheat. Plus, with five new varieties available, your dog is sure to find his favorite!

I headed to the backyard with Bryce, Baxter, Daisy, and Junior. They were happy to run around with Bryce and enjoy their new treats! He was trying to feed them one-at-a-time, but the dogs were a little too excited to wait.

Daisy kept coming back for more. She has a hearty appetite for being such a little pup! The Deli Cuts seem to be their favorite. Rachael Ray Nutrish Treats are intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only. Please watch your dog to ensure Nutrish treats are thoroughly chewed before swallowing. Break into small pieces for smaller dogs.

Shop chewy.com for Rachael Ray Nutrish Treats in five different flavors, perfect for dogs of any size. Save $1.50 with this printable coupon – it is valid all year and you can print it twice!

How do you treat your family?

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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4 Responses to Sweet & Spicy Candied Bacon

  1. I am a sucker for candied bacon! When you add pepper it just makes it the perfect sweet and savory treat! #client

  2. B Super says:

    Ummmm…..The recipe calls for 1/2 coarsely ground black pepper. 1/2 what? teaspoon? Tablespoon?? Cup???

  3. Patti says:

    I love love love candied bacon and it never ever last past a couple of hours in our home! So many versions and all just as good as the other! Thanks for sharing your version!

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