Candied Brown Sugar Bacon

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Brown Sugar Bacon, aka Pig Candy, is a scrumptious holiday breakfast side dish. This candied bacon recipe is a snap to make in your oven!

candied brown sugar bacon


This amazing bacon treat is perfect for a special occasion, holiday, or any day!  With brown sugar caramelized on the strips and a tiny hint of heat, this dish is sure to please.

Brown Sugar Bacon

This tasty sweet breakfast treat is a snap to make!

  1. Make the brown sugar rub. In a small bowl, combine the coating for the meat. There’s cayenne pepper in the blend; feel free to add more for a spicier flavor. Don’t have brown sugar, make your own.
  2. Coat the strips. One slice at a time, using your hands cover bacon in sugar mixture until well coated and lay onto broiler pan.
  3. Bake the bacon. Put pan on top shelf in oven and bake until crisp, approximately 15-20 minutes.

Recipe Tips

  • If your bacon slices are thick, you may need to increase the cook time.
  • Don’t be afraid to really rub the sugar into the strips – that’s why it’s called brown sugar bacon!
  • Keep any leftovers stored in an airtight container – even at room temperature is fine for a couple of days. Just avoid getting too much moisture into the container, or you’ll end up with soggy bacon strips.
candied bacon on plate with pancakes

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brown sugar bacon with pancakes

Brown Sugar Bacon (Pig Candy)

Donna Elick
Brown Sugar Bacon is a scrumptious breakfast side, also known as pig candy! This candied bacon recipe is simple to make in your oven.
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 8 Slices


  • 8 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a medium size bowl add brown sugar and cayenne pepper. Combine with a fork.
  • One slice at a time, using your hands cover bacon in sugar mixture until well coated and lay onto broiler pan.
  • Put pan on top shelf in oven and bake until crisp. Approximately 15-20 minutes.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 203cal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 242mg | Sugar: 13g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Originally published September 2011.

brown sugar mixture on uncooked strip of bacon
strips of brown sugar bacon under oven broiler


  1. Candied bacon is the best. Even when I'm just pan-frying turkey bacon I throw a little brown sugar on the slices. Makes all the difference!

  2. Candied bacon is like crack! Great now I'm going to obsess over it until I go and buy some bacon & make it myself 🙂 That's not a bad thing, either!

  3. Hey chickie, I was wondering if you could make me exactly two slices of this and then I'll come pick it up? I don't dare make it for myself, but I am sorely tempted! The bacon in the fridge is calling to me.

  4. I have tried making this but my sugar all burns off. Help what am I doing wrong. Going to try again. Have to say your recipes are the best. Can't wait for my cook book. Thank-You.

  5. 5 stars
    How can brown sugar on bacon be so delicious?! The cayenne pepper adds the perfect flavor contrast to it! Yum!

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