Chili Pepper Madness

August 04, 2017

Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon

Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon – Recipe Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon – Recipe

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 like you 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.

Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon – Recipe


  • 1 pound thick cut bacon
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed ghost pepper flakes

Cooking Directions

  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!
Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon - Recipe

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  • Comment Link Susan S August 15, 2017 posted by Susan S

    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.

  • Comment Link Diego Lopes August 07, 2017 posted by Diego Lopes

    Omg, this looks sooo delicious!!! I have to try it. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!

  • Comment Link John August 05, 2017 posted by John

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

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