Spicy Maple Candied Bacon

If you like a little spice with your sweet, you’ll love these candied bacon strips from chef Ian Knauer of The Farm Cooking School. They’re as good as an after-dinner treat as they are at the brunch table.



  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a wire rack inside the baking sheet.
  2. Whisk together the maple syrup and cayenne in a bowl. Brush each piece of bacon all over with the syrup mixture and arrange on the rack.
  3. Bake until the bacon is glazed and almost crisp (it will crisp up more as it cools), 25 to 30 minutes. 
  4. Transfer to a plate or a clean rack and cool before serving.
  5. The bacon can be made up to 2 days ahead, cooled completely, and stored in an airtight container.