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4 August 2017

This candied bacon recipe is sweet and extra spicy, made with ghost pepper chili flakes, sriracha sauce, brown sugar and pure maple syrup. Beware. It is super addictive, one of the best bites you will ever experience.

OK, just…WOW.

This recipe is no joke. It is seriously one of the tastiest bites I’ve had in a while, and DANG! I’ve had a lot of bites. Truly, there is something about candied bacon that, after a single bite, overwhelms your other senses, forces your brain to center solely on the pleasure of your taste buds, forgoing all other sensory input.

Go ahead. Take a bite. Feel your muscles go slack as the ultimate combination of sweet and spicy melts onto your tongue.

Am I being overly dramatic here? I think not, because, hey, #CandiedBacon. Yes!

Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon – Recipe

The first time I heard of “candied bacon” was years ago, after I had graduated college. It sounded weird to me. What did that mean? Candied? With bacon? Why would anyone want to “candy” something that is meant to be savory? And isn’t it, I don’t know, sacreligious to adulterate the perfection that is bacon?

I mean, bacon doesn’t need anything! It’s BACON!

I have discovered, as you may now discover…I was WRONG.

Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon – Recipe

The addition of the sweetness to the bacon gives is a dessert-like quality, though it’s not quite dessert. Surely you can serve it as a dessert, and I am adding this to our Spicy Desserts Recipes Category, but it’s more of a snack or even an appetizer.

I like to serve it in smaller parties as a starter. People walking in the door are greeted with hellos, drinks, and candied bacon. Wouldn’t you love to enjoy a nice piece of candied bacon upon arrival? I sure would!

Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon – Recipe

It’s also extremely portable, so bring it along for tailgating parties, concerts, walks in the park, pretty much anywhere you want to make friends quickly.

The process is simple enough. You’ll mix together brown sugar, pure maple syrup, sriracha sauce and ghost pepper chili flakes in a bowl. Spread the bacon out over a baking sheet and rub them down with your sweet and spicy mixture. Get both sides. Rub them down good!

Bake them for 30 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked through and JUST starting to crisp up. They will crisp up a bit more after you remove them from the oven and they cool.

That’s it. Enjoy the heck out of them. I made a large batch and gave some to my next door neighbor. His son stole the last piece and said, “Who made this? This is the most flavorful, delicious meat I have ever had. I would to sell it at my workplace.” Well alright!

So there you go. Proof enough? I hope you will give it a try! Let me know how much you like it in the comments. And see the Candied Bacon Recipe Video below.

Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon – Recipe

Patty’s Perspective: Yeah, what HE said! Candied bacon is so outrageously GOOD, it’s almost likeyou can’t have it in the house. I’ll just eat it all! It really is THE ultimate garnish for Bloody Marys. Don’t make a Bloody Mary without it.

5 from 1 vote
Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon – Recipe
Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon – Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
This candied bacon recipe is sweet and extra spicy, made with ghost pepper chili flakes, sriracha sauce, brown sugar and pure maple syrup. Beware. It is super addictive, one of the best bites you will ever experience.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 pieces
Calories: 137 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 pound thick cut bacon
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed ghost pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread the bacon out over a large baking sheet.
  3. Mix together the brown sugar, maple syrup, sriracha sauce and ghost pepper flakes in a large bowl.
  4. Rub each bacon slice down with your spice mixture. Get them good and coated!
  5. Bake the bacon for 30 minutes, or until is just getting crispy.
  6. Remove from heat and allow to cool. It will crisp up more in that time.
  7. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Heat Factor: Medium. Despite using ghost pepper flakes, the sweet really balances it out. Use extra ghost pepper flakes or powder to up the heat factor.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon – Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 212mg 9%
Potassium 69mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 0.7%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 0.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon - Recipe

3 comments

  1. I relied on squinting instead of my glasses and used a Tbsp. instead of a tsp. of ghost pepper flakes, but this bacon was a hit! My husband and my pepper-loving 9-year-old son even loved it. The ghost pepper flakes I used are smoked, so they are a tiny bit tempered by the way they are made, I think. Thanks for the great recipe!

    REPLY: Outstanding! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  2. Well, this just made my Saturday morning list! Along with my Reaper Bloody Mary.

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