Cayenne Candied Bacon on a white plate

Cayenne Candied Bacon

Breakfast Savoury

Just when you thought bacon couldn’t get any better, we’ve gone and coated it in sugar and spice. Cayenne Candied Bacon is about to become your new breakfast favorite.

Cayenne Candied Bacon with text

I’m settling into summer and counting down the days until the last day of school. I’ve got a new project in the works that I hope you’ll absolutely love. It will give you an opportunity to get inside my brain a little bit more. I haven’t figured out if that’s a safe place for anyone to be, but people who know me say it’s pretty fun.

We’re leaning more into the How to Be Awesome mindset with this one. But no matter what I do, I can’t seem to stop talking about food. I think about cooking and food possibly to excess. And yet, I still find myself ordering takeout way too much for someone who absolutely adores being in the kitchen. We are all just a bundle of contradictions. It’s part of the human experience.

spiced brown sugar for Cayenne Candied Bacon

And when there’s something in the world as perfectly delicious as Cayenne Candied Bacon, how could it ever be far from your mind. I mean, bacon is completely awesome on its own, but we’ve just gone and made it better. Coated in sugar and spice, this recipe takes your breakfast bacon to the next level.

The sugar melts into a sticky sweet coating, almost like a thin candy shell. I go pretty hard with the cayenne as well, so the heat really builds over time. And you never want to stop eating this, so it does get a bit spicy. You probably shouldn’t have this every day, but you’re going to want to.

uncooked Cayenne Candied Bacon on a baking sheet

How to make Cayenne Candied Bacon

This recipe is ridiculously simple. You don’t even really need to measure, though I have provided measurements as a guideline in the recipe card. All you need to do is spread some brown sugar and cayenne pepper onto a plate, and then press both sides of each slice of streaky bacon into this mixture so that the sugar adheres. Then gently lay your slice of bacon onto a rack over a baking sheet. If you have any sugar and spice leftover at the end, just sprinkle it over the top of your bacon slices before putting them in the oven.

We’re baking this at a relatively low temperature. You don’t want the sugar to scorch and become bitter. Depending on how crispy you like your bacon, it may take a while. Start checking around 20-25 minutes in, and if it’s still looking a bit limp, just come back in 3-5 minutes. You need to let this cool for about 10 minutes before eating it. Molten sugar is no joke. But after that, just try not to eat it too fast so the experience can linger.


Can you add other spices to your candied bacon?

Absolutely. Get creative. Coarse black pepper or smoked paprika would also be really great.

Cayenne Candied Bacon and eggs

Make it magical

Brown Sugar is excellent for attraction. It’s associated with sweetness, comfort, and love. It’s got a very earthy, sensual energy. Roll a candle in it or add it to a spell jar to sweeten the deal and increase your attracting power. (Source: Tess Whitehurst)

Cayenne Candied Bacon on a white plate

Let’s bring home the bacon and then cover it in sugar and spice. We’re living our most awesome lives, friends. Stay hungry.

Looking for more awesome ways to eat bacon? Try Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf or Orzo with Bacon and Peas.


Cayenne Candied Bacon

Cayenne Candied Bacon on a white plate

Just when you thought bacon couldn’t get any better, we’ve gone and coated it in sugar and spice. Cayenne Candied Bacon is about to become your new breakfast favorite.

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 slices 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1/4 brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F (160 C). Line a baking sheet with foil and then top it with a metal rack.
  2. On a plate or baking dish or anything wide and flat, combine the brown sugar and cayenne and shake it out into a thin layer across the plate.
  3. Press both sides of each slice of bacon into the brown sugar mixture, then lay your bacon out on the rack. If you have any left over sugar, you can sprinkle it on top of the bacon before putting it in the oven.
  4. Cook your bacon in the oven for probably at least 25 minutes. It could take up to 40 depending on how crispy you like your bacon.
  5. Remove bacon from the oven and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes before serving. This is awesome cold as well.


  • It’s obviously totally easy to to multiply this recipe. You wouldn’t necessarily need twice as much sugar and spice for twice as much bacon. Measurements don’t even matter that much. Just eyeball it and have fun.

Keywords: Bacon

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