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11 January 2019

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!

Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon - Stacked on a plate

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, sacrilegious 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.

Grabbing a piece of Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon


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!

Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon - Ready to serve

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.

How to Make Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon – the Recipe Method

First, you’ll mix together brown sugar, pure maple syrup, sriracha sauce and ghost pepper chili flakes in a bowl.

Mixing together the spicy ghost pepper mixture to make ghost pepper candied bacon

For the ghost pepper flakes, I crushed some ghost peppers that I had dehydrated from my garden. You can find dried ghost pepper flakes or powders online.

Crushing dried ghost peppers

Spread the bacon out over a baking sheet and rub them down with your sweet and spicy mixture. It helps to wrap the pan in aluminum foil first for easy clean up.

Covering a baking sheet with aluminum foil

Get both sides. Rub them down good!

Rub down the bacon with your spicy ghost pepper mixture

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.

Cooling them on a wire rack helps them stay nice and crispy as the extra fats drip down.

Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon - On a cooling rack

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.

Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon - On a plate

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.

Try Some of My Other Ghost Pepper Recipes

I love cooking with ghost peppers and have a number of spicy ghost pepper recipes to share with you. Here is a list of recipes:

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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5 from 14 votes

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, ghost pepper, recipe, video
Servings: 16 pieces
Calories: 137kcal


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


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread the bacon out over a large baking sheet.
  • Mix together the brown sugar, maple syrup, sriracha sauce and ghost pepper flakes in a large bowl.
  • Rub each bacon slice down with your spice mixture. Get them good and coated!
  • Bake the bacon for 30 minutes, or until is just getting crispy.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool. It will crisp up more in that time.
  • Enjoy!



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.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 69mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.2mg

This recipe was updated on 1/8/19 to include new photos and video. It was originally published on 8/4/17.


  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is without a doubt one of the best and easiest I’ve made. Can’t think of a way to make it better except to make more. This is the first time I cooked with ghost peppers. Hottest before this was Habanero. It’s a delightful heat. My entire family likes this and none of us are chili-heads. I’ll be picking up Mike’s book to learn more about cooking with super-hots, and thank him for sharing this awesome recipe with us.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks so much, Chris! Super happy you and the family enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy my books!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this this morning for the first (definitely not last ) time. I made a few butties out of it and shared them with a friend . We both loved it. Need to go out and get more bacon. Thank you for all the ideas Mike. Alex

  3. 5 stars
    Extra crispy, sweet and spicy!! just amazing, Mike!
    One drawback… it’s too addictive!
    I did it with Trinidad Scorpion Butch T powder!

  4. 5 stars
    WOW MIKE!!!! This recipe is a true winner! Out of the ballpark Mike! Holy cow what great combinations going on here! And I totally love your description, “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.” And btw, a Bloody Mary will never just be a Bloody Mary again!! 🙂 Fantastic!!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Cathy. Perhaps a bit over-dramatic for me, but I love it that much!!

      1. David Hamilton

        5 stars
        Michael Hultquist. I seen this some back and was looking for it until I found your recipe. Brother this like a blessing from God/God’s. I make every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas time. I make the Ghost, Reaper. This year I’m kicking it up. I’m make them same two with a little extra in each batch plus dusting them in the end. I decided just now I’m make a special batch this year. It’s going to be a combination with Ghost and Reaper together with extra of both plus dusting at the end. Thank you sir for sharing this recipe

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          That’s AWESOME, David! I love the extra spicy dusting at the end. Perfect way to kick it up a notch! Nicely done. Thanks, man!

  5. Jacque Hastert

    5 stars
    This sounds like my kind of snack! I would eat this all day every day. Pinning for later to make.

  6. 5 stars
    You had me at bacon and kept me with sweet and spicy. Also candied. Seriously, it is like all my favorite flavors combined. I love the idea of serving this during a super bowl party.

  7. 5 stars
    This is the best candied bacon I’ve ever had. The spice level was perfect, with just the right amount of sweetness. Thank you.

  8. 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.

  9. 5 stars
    Well, this just made my Saturday morning list! Along with my Reaper Bloody Mary.

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