Easy 2-Ingredient Candied Bacon
Updated: Apr 24, 2020
I'm also here to tell you that, fortunately, candied bacon is not as gluttonous as it sounds. I think it could almost venture into "healthy food" territory. :) I'll explain this in a second.
It is super easy to make and obviously, it's delicious.
I used to make it for an annual Kentucky Derby party I had in Med. School. :)
Total cook time: ~30 min. (prep time: 2-3 min.; cook time ~25-27 minutes)
- You may have to adjust cook times depending on the thickness of your bacon & your oven.
The two ingredients are: bacon (obviously) and brown sugar.
Bacon: You want a thicker bacon for this. I used this Big Buy Hardwood Smoked Bacon. It will become sort of chewy -- delicious bacon candy. I like smoked or hickory bacon anyways; I have not tried this with a peppered bacon. This is another recipe where I think you don't need the most expensive bacon. You don't want a thinner bacon, which could burn easily when it's cooking. That said, if you have a thinner bacon; then I would recommend lowering the temp of oven (vs. what I wrote below) and just watching it closely.
Brown sugar: I use this C&H light brown sugar. I don't think it matters whether you use light brown or dark brown.
Supplies: It only takes 3 things, which you probably have.
1.) Cast iron pan (because it can go in the oven)
2.) Roasting grate (from my toaster oven :) )
3.) A plate to prep the bacon and brown sugar.
I can only cook 4-5 pieces of a bacon at once using this cast iron pan / roasting grate from the toaster oven combo. If you have a bigger roasting grate and baking pan, you can use that and cook more at once.
The basic steps are that you coat the bacon with brown sugar, put it on the roasting grate which is over the cast iron pan, and then put it in the oven.
The reason why I say it could almost venture into "healthy territory" is because the bacon is placed on the grate and a lot of the fat drips off into the cast iron pan. You only add a tiny bit of brown sugar to each piece of bacon. It's kind of like jerky. It's a high protein snack. :)
-- I suppose you can save the bacon fat if you want for other recipes, which is not as healthy. Haha. :)
Anyways, the calorie estimate is probably about ~45 calories total per slice of bacon (bacon: ~40 calories (or what is on your package) & maybe 5 calories for brown sugar or less]
You can eat it on its own or with other foods. I had it on a sandwich with Rotisserie chicken (photos at the bottom of the post) Delicious salty bacon with some sweetness from the brown sugar! :)
Give it a try! We are good at this!
Steps / Instructions are below the photos and there are also some of the finished product photos below the Steps/Instructions. :)
Steps / Instructions:
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) Place roasting grate over the cast iron pan.
3.) Pour some brown sugar on the plate.
4.) Coat both sides of each slice of bacon with a thin layer of brown sugar.
5.) Place bacon on the roasting grate -- making sure that the tips of the bacon are over the
pan. Otherwise, the bacon fat could drip in the oven (not in the pan).
6.) Place cast iron pan / roasting grate into the oven for ~25-27 minutes or until the bacon is brown & caramelized.
-- When you are cooking it, check it at 15 or 20 min., it may need a shorter or longer
amount of time depending on the thickness of your bacon & your oven. You may also
want to try to lower the temp of the oven when you cook it.