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Best Candied Bacon

Prep Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American

Equipment

  • 18 x 13 Baking Pan
  • Oven Safe Baking Rack
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Tongs
  • Small Bowl
  • (Optional) Basting Brush

Materials

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Package Regular or Thick-cut Bacon
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar or Rice Vinegar
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper For Spicy Candied Bacon
  • 2 tsp Cayenne Pepper For Spicy Candied Bacon
  • Maple Syrup Drizzle From Bottle Onto Bacon

Instructions

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CANDIED BACON

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F, and place an oven-safe wire rack on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Lay 8-12 slices of bacon on the prepared wire rack.
  • Lightly coat bacon slices in apple cider vinegar.
  • Sprinkle and pat down brown sugar on the bacon.
  • Sprinkle on black pepper and other optional ingredients.
  • Transfer the pan to the oven to bake.
  • FOR REGULAR CUT BACON: Bake 20-30 minutes, checking occasionally for smoke from burnt sugar on the bottom of the pan.
  • FOR THICK-CUT BACON: Bake 30-40 minutes, checking occasionally for smoke from burnt sugar on the bottom of the pan. You will most likely need to change the foil on the pan part of the way through.
  • Let the bacon pan cool for 5-10 minutes, then use tongs to transfer it to a wax paper-lined baking sheet or plate. Gently soak up excess grease if it is noticeable, otherwise, just let it fully cool at room temperature.
  • Once it is fully cooled, rub a little more brown sugar on both sides to put on the sweet finishing touch.