Bacon skewers and swizzle sticks are a fun, easy garnish for Bacon Bloody Marys. Bacon on a stick is fun to serve as a party appetizer, or for brunch buffets and holiday breakfast.
These sizzling swizzle sticks (try to say that ten times fast) are so easy to pick up and enjoy, and we guarantee they’ll be a popular addition to your next breakfast or brunch gathering.
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Why You’ll Go Hog Wild for This Recipe
Easy to make: Bacon skewers are made from simple ingredients, they’re easy to assemble, and they cook in the oven until they’re golden brown with crispy edges.
Versatile: Bacon on a stick can be served for brunch, as a party appetizer, on game day, tailgating, finger food, as a swizzle for your Bloody Mary, or just for snacking!
Have it Your Way: Plain skewered bacon is yummy, but you can also brush it with a brown sugar glaze or maple syrup for “pig candy,” sprinkle with black pepper or cayenne for a spicy kick, or brush it with BBQ sauce before baking for a savory treat.
Thick-cut bacon works best for this recipe, as it tends to shrink less and make for a nicer looking bacon swizzle stick skewer.
Thick bacon strips should be at least 1/8 inch thick, and generally a pound of thick sliced bacon contains about 12 to 16 slices.
If you need help choosing a tasty bacon, check out Food and Wine‘s Bacon Taste Test.
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Best Skewers for Cooking Bacon
Here at the BENSA test kitchen, I like to use 12 inch bamboo skewers for this recipe.
The length is perfect, and they have just enough texture to grab on to the slippery surface of the bacon.
How to Cook Bacon on a Stick?
Fill a 9- by 11-inch baking dish halfway with room temperature water, and drop the bamboo skewers in.
Let them soak for an hour, which will prevent them from burning when you cook the bacon skewers.
Line a baking sheet with foil, which will keep it clean. Then cover it with a sheet of baking parchment paper, which will help your skewers cook evenly and keep the bacon from sticking to the pan.
How to Thread the Bacon on the Skewers
After some experimentation, I discovered the easiest way to thread the bacon on the skewers is to pre-fold the bacon accordion style, making a fold about every inch. Place the little folded bundle on your cutting board and press the pointed end of the skewer through the middle.
Then you can gently slide the bacon strip down the skewer until it’s spaced out the way you want it.
Arrange the bacon skewers on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake in a 325 degree oven until crispy and golden brown, turning once. In our oven this took 40 minutes, but your cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of your bacon.
Pro Cooking Tip
We like to use a pair of kitchen shears to cut the sharp points off the bamboo skewers after baking. This makes them safer for everyone to eat.
Variation: Add a Sweet, Spicy Bacon Glaze
For a delectable glazed bacon that you can serve with brunch or as an appetizer, simply mix 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 2 tablespoons maple syrup in a small bowl.
Brush the bacon with this mixture before baking, and baste it several times while it’s baking. Let the glazed bacon cool for at least 10 minutes on the pan before serving. You’ll love the sweet-salty-spicy flavor!
NOTE: If you make this glazed variation, by law you are required to call these appetizers “Sticky Bacon Stickies.”
How do I know bacon is done cooking?
Keep an eye on the bacon and check it every five minutes or so once it begins to brown. When it’s uniformly golden brown on both sides, you’ll know it’s done and ready to drain and enjoy!
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Leftover bacon isn’t common, but if you do have some uneaten bacon skewers you can wrap then tightly and refrigerate them for up to 2 days.
To reheat, spread on a baking sheet and cook in a 325 degree F oven until they just begin to sizzle, about 8 minutes.
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Here’s the full, printable recipe:
- 1 pound thick-sliced bacon
- barbecue sauce
- maple syrup
- freshly ground black pepper
- ground cayenne pepper
- Fill a 9- by 13-inch baking dish halfway with room temperature water. Soak the bamboo skewers for 1 hour. Just before using, remove from water and drain on paper towels.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and cut a piece of parchment paper to fit on top.
- Pre-fold a bacon slice accordion style, making a fold about every inch. Place the little folded bundle on your cutting board and press the pointed end of the skewer through the middle.
- Gently slide the bacon strip down the skewer until it’s spaced out but has a few ripples. Arrange bacon strips on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated until crispy and golden brown, turning once. Exact cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your bacon, but in our test kitchen oven this took about 45 minutes.
- Drain bacon on paper towels and serve.
- If you like, you can add extra flavor to the bacon sticks by brushing the strips generously with barbecue sauce or maple syrup before baking. Alternately, you can add a spicy kick by sprinkling the bacon skewers with freshly ground black pepper or lightly sprinkling with cayenne pepper.
Got questions? Just ask! I’m happy to help.
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Nutrition Disclaimer: All nutritional information shared on this site is an approximation. I am not a certified nutritionist, and any nutritional information should be used as a general guideline.
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