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Candied Bacon

Candied bacon or pig candy is a slice of bacon that is baked and dusted with sugar and pepper. This candied bacon recipe is so easy to make, sweet and savory, and delicious.
Course Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine American
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 slices
Calories 86kcal
Author Kelsey



  • 2-4 pieces of bacon
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Pepper to taste


  • Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. Then line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Then place your bacon in a single layer of bacon. Then sprinkle one side with half the sugar. Then add a little pepper.
  • Flip and add sugar to the other side along with the pepper.
  • Place foil on top of bacon to prevent the sugar to burning. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until it is baked through.
  • Once done, let cool then serve and enjoy.


Air Fryer Candied Bacon - Air fry at 375 degrees, and flip every 5 minutes to check on the bacon. You can lightly place aluminum foil on top of the bacon to help prevent it from burning. Air fry until cooked through.
Depending on thickness of bacon, the cook time will vary.
You can season the candied bacon with any spices you want. Red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper both would add some heat to the bacon.
I used granulated sugar but you can use maple syrup as well. You would brush it on the last 5 minutes of cooking, to prevent it from burning.
Bacon needs to be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container or sealable bag.
You can freeze your bacon for 3-4 months, and then thaw in the fridge the night before you are ready to serve.
Eat your pig candy cold or hot. The choice is yours. You can warm it up in the microwave if you would like.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 194mg | Sugar: 8g