Bourbon Candied Bacon

Jar of Bourbon Bacon CandyBacon is good. Bourbon is good. But together?…..

These sweet and salty, scrumptious treats are great for a Saturday breakfast, or an addition to your grilled monster-burger creation. Perhaps you want to be a little more exploratory and decided to crisp it up real well as a garnish for your famous Bloody Mary. And we all know of-course they are fantastic simply eaten alone!

Not a big fan of bourbon? Try rum. I’ve even used Apple Cider Whiskey. Or you can always make it virgin without the liquor marinade, but if you prefer it that way, I strongly suggest Grenadine Candied Bacon.

These could probably be made on a grill just as well for a fantastic BBQ side dish!Bourbon Candied Bacon

Bourbon Candied Bacon

By:semiserious chefs


  • 8 slices of thick-cut bacon, plain or peppered
  • 1/3 cup bourbon, or more as needed
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar


  1. Marinade the bacon with the bourbon in a bowl for 2 hours. Add enough bourbon to sufficiently cover the bacon, and/or turn the pieces a few times throughout for even marinading.
  2. Place a piece of parchment or foil in a baking sheet with a drying wrack over-top. Lay the marinaded bacon on the wrack with all the pieces tightly touching.
  3. Break the sugar apart in a bowl and sprinkle half of it evenly over the bacon.
  4. Bake in the pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven, smooth the sugar over each piece with the back of a spoon, and let stand for a few minutes (2-5).
  6. Flip each piece and line up again closely touching on the roasting wrack. Sprinkle remaining sugar over, and back for an additional 15-18 minutes. You can decided if you want your bacon to be a little chewy or completely crispy.
  7. Do one final smoothing with the spoon, let cool to the touch, and serve. You can let your guests get their fingers sticky (it’s fantastic finger-licking) or serve with bamboo skewers for ‘bacon-on-a-stick.’

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