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Sweet, salty, crispy candied bourbon bacon - bacon glazed with bourbon and coated with brown sugar. Great for brunch or as an appetizer.



This candied bourbon bacon makes a delicious, crispy, crunchy addition to your breakfast table, but it is also a great appetizer to go along with cocktails in the evening.



12 strips bacon (regular thickness)

3 tablespoons bourbon

⅓ cup light brown sugar

½ teaspoon cracked black pepper


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and a place wire rack over the baking sheet.

Arrange the bacon strips on the rack, making sure that the strips don’t overlap and there is some space between the strips.  

Use a silicone pastry brush to liberally slather the bourbon on both sides of the bacon.

Sprinkle each slice of bacon with 1 heaping teaspoon of the brown sugar and spread out all over each strip.

Sprinkle the strips lightly with the black pepper.

Bake the bacon in the preheated oven until the sugar is melted and the strips are a deep golden brown in color – 18-25 minutes.  Check the bacon often towards the end of cooking because it will burn quickly.

Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool on the rack.  It will crisp as it cools.

When cool enough to handle, serve, and eat while warm.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Southern

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