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Beer Candied Bacon

Dear bacon lovers,

Looking for a perfect appetizer or holiday brunch treat? You’ll love this oven-baked, thick-slized bacon brushed with a sweetly complex beer-based glaze. It couldn’t be simpler to prepare, and we can pretty much guarantee that it’ll be the first thing to disappear from a buffet table.

You can use any beer you like, even non-alcoholic beer, for the glaze. A Belgian Quad, a roasty milk stout or a nutty brown would all compliment the sweet, smoky flavors of the bacon. We like a rich vanilla porter for its toasty flavor and vanilla undertones. For this recipe, we used vanilla porter from Breckenridge Brewery–one of our favorite beer makers in our home state of Colorado. 

Shall we make some bacon?

Candied bacon strips

Beer Candied Bacon

Eliza Cross
Sweet, salty, crunchy and savory, you'll love how the beer glaze compliments perfectly crispy thick sliced bacon!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Additional Time 10 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Bacon Recipes
Cuisine appetizer
Servings 6 servings
Calories 503 kcal


  • 1 pound thick-sliced bacon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Vanilla Porter or your favorite beer*


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine brown sugar and beer in a small bowl, whisking well to form a thin syrup. Set aside.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the pieces of bacon on the prepared baking sheet, overlapping if necessary. Place in oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and brush one side of the bacon with the beer syrup. Flip, and coat the other side with the syrup as well. Return to oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, and blot any excess grease with paper towels. Flip the bacon over and brush with the glaze. Cook until bacon is crispy and browned, flipping again if needed. You may have a little glaze left over.
  • Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes or up to an hour before serving.


*You can make this recipe with nonalcoholic beer if you like. To serve as an appetizer, cut the bacon slices in half horizontally before cooking.


Serving: 1gCalories: 503kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 26gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 1283mgSugar: 16g
Keyword bacon, bacon appetizers, bacon brunch, beer glazed bacon, candied bacon
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