Candied Bacon Is a Tasty Addition to Father’s Day Brunch

By Diane Rossen Worthington
Diane Rossen Worthington
Diane Rossen Worthington
Diane Rossen Worthington is an authority on new American cooking. She is the author of 18 cookbooks, including "Seriously Simple Parties," and a James Beard Award-winning radio show host. You can contact her at SeriouslySimple.com. Copyright 2021 Diane Rossen Worthington. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
June 13, 2021 Updated: June 13, 2021

Father’s Day in our house usually means a barbecue in the late afternoon. This year, we are switching it up and having a Father’s Day brunch. There will be a melon berry fruit platter with fresh mint, Prosecco and peach nectar spritzers, creamy scrambled eggs with fresh herbs, and warm scones. The star dish will be this candied bacon that is crisp, golden brown, and deliciously caramelized.

This candied bacon is so good that it is difficult to say how many this really serves. Two pieces per person is what I have allowed here.

Applewood smoked bacon is already delicious, and when glazed with the brown sugar, it takes on another layer of sweet, smoky deliciousness. Some chefs call this candied pig, which sounds pretty funny. If you like things spicy, sprinkle on a light dusting of cayenne pepper before you bake it.

Candied Bacon

Serves 4 to 6

  • 3/4 pound applewood smoked bacon (12 strips)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Carefully sprinkle about 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of brown sugar evenly over each slice of bacon, making sure that the sugar is evenly distributed.

Bake for about 15 minutes, turning them over halfway through the cooking. Cook the first side for about 8 minutes and then turn over. To make sure they are candied on both sides, with tongs, slide the unsugared side through the sugar syrup after turning the strips over. You can also use a silicone brush and brush them with the syrup in the pan.

Bake until the top is nicely browned, almost a golden caramel color, about 7 more minutes. If the bacon is still not golden in color, bake another few minutes.

Use tongs to place the bacon pieces on a wire rack that is sitting on foil to catch any drips. Let cool. They should be very crisp. Serve while warm.

Advance Preparation: This can be made four hours ahead, kept at room temperature. Reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds to one minute.

Diane Rossen Worthington is an authority on new American cooking. She is the author of 18 cookbooks, including “Seriously Simple Parties,” and a James Beard Award-winning radio show host. You can contact her at SeriouslySimple.com. Copyright 2021 Diane Rossen Worthington. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Diane Rossen Worthington
Diane Rossen Worthington
Diane Rossen Worthington is an authority on new American cooking. She is the author of 18 cookbooks, including "Seriously Simple Parties," and a James Beard Award-winning radio show host. You can contact her at SeriouslySimple.com. Copyright 2021 Diane Rossen Worthington. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.