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Bourbon Bacon Recipe

This easy Bourbon Bacon recipe features thick cut bacon cooked in the oven with a glaze of sweet brown sugar, rich vanilla, and smoky bourbon. It’s amazing served for brunch, holiday breakfast, as a party appetizer, or to make the ultimate bourbon bacon cheeseburger. 

This candied bourbon brown sugar bacon is super simple to make, and the flavor is delightfully sweet and savory. Be prepared to share the recipe, because everyone always asks me for this one!

A dozen cooked slices of Bourbon Bacon on a white serving platter.

Do you love the sweet savory taste of candied bacon? Be sure to check out our other mouth-watering flavored bacon recipes for Billionaire Bacon, Million Dollar Bacon, Crack Bacon, Jalapeno Bacon, Maple Candied Bacon and Honey Bacon!

3 Secrets to Success with this Recipe

Use vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract: Vanilla paste has a thicker texture and a more intense vanilla flavor than extract. You’ll really taste the vanilla in this recipe, which pairs beautifully with the smoky bourbon flavor and incomparable taste of bacon.

Use a light hand when applying the glaze: Applying a light coating of glaze will give the bacon a light, candied coating you’ll love. The flavor of the bacon will really shine through without being overpowered by the sweet glaze.

Use cooking times as guidelines: Because bacon is a natural product with variations in thickness and cut, each batch cooks a little differently. Keep an eye on the bacon toward the end of the cooking time to make sure it doesn’t burn.

Ingredients and Substitutions

Here’s a picture of exactly what you’ll need to make this bourbon candied bacon (just 4 ingredients plus water):

Brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla bean paste and thick sliced bacon on a cutting board.

12 strips thick-sliced bacon – Thicker bacon holds the glaze better than thinner regular slices.

1/2 cup brown sugar – You can use either light or brown sugar.

2 tablespoons bourbon – A small “miniature” bottle is perfect for this recipe, or use your favorite smoky bourbon.

1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste – If you don’t have vanilla paste on hand, you can substitute vanilla extract.

1 teaspoon water – Just a touch of water will dissolve the sugar and make the glaze the perfect consistency.

Equipment Needed

Here’s all you need to make this bourbon glazed bacon:

  • Large rimmed baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Parchment paper
  • Pastry brush
  • Cooling rack
  • Tongs or spatula

Step by Step Instructions

STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and top the foil with a sheet of parchment paper.

STEP TWO: Arrange the bacon strips on the prepared baking sheet. (It’s okay if they overlap a bit.) Put the pan in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.

12 strips of uncooked bacon on a foil lined baking pan.

STEP THREE: While bacon is cooking, whisk together the brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla paste and water in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat and whisk just until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and reserve.

A blue whisk stirring bourbon brown sugar glaze in a mixing bowl.

STEP FOUR: When bacon is partially cooked, remove it from the oven. Blot up all of the grease with paper towels. This will help the glaze adhere to the bacon strips.

Six slices of partially cooked bacon on parchment paper.

STEP FIVE: Using a pastry brush, brush the top of each bacon strip, using about half of the glaze mixture. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

Brushing bourbon glaze on bacon with a red pastry brush.

STEP SIX: Remove from the oven, place on a cooling rack, and cool the pan for 5 minutes. Turn the bacon slices over, and blot with paper towels to remove any excess grease.

Brush the bacon strips generously with the glaze and return to the oven. Bake for 10 more minutes, or until bacon is crispy and golden brown, and glaze is candied. Yum!

Seven cooked strips of bourbon bacon just out of the oven on a baking sheet.

STEP SEVEN: Use a spatula to remove each piece of bacon and transfer to a piece of parchment paper to cool. The bacon will firm up as it rests.

Eight strips of bourbon glazed bacon cooling on parchment paper.

STEP EIGHT: When the bacon is completely cooled, gently dab any excess grease with paper towels.

Serve and enjoy! Makes 12 strips.

Twelve strips of glazed candied Bourbon Bacon on a white dish with a red and white napkin.

How to Store Candied Bacon

Leftover brown sugar bourbon bacon may be stored, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

To reheat, spread bacon strips on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and heat in a 350 degree F oven until hot, about 6 to 7 minutes.

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A dozen cooked slices of Bourbon Bacon on a white serving platter.

Bourbon Bacon

Eliza Cross
Bourbon Bacon is the ultimate candied bacon recipe! Thick sliced bacon is brushed with a glaze of bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla and oven baked to crispy, sweet perfection. Perfect for brunch, appetizers, and snacking!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Bacon Appetizers, Bacon Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 383 kcal

Equipment

  • large rimmed baking sheet
  • aluminum foil
  • parchment paper
  • pastry brush
  • Cooling rack
  • spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 12 strips thick sliced bacon
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and top the foil with a sheet of parchment paper.
  • Arrange the bacon strips on the prepared baking sheet. Put the bacon in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
  • While bacon is cooking, whisk together the brown sugar, bourbon, water, and vanilla in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat and whisk just until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and reserve.
  • When bacon is partially cooked and just beginning to brown, remove it from the oven. Blot up all of the grease with paper towels. This will help the glaze adhere to the bacon strips.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush each strip of bacon with the glaze. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, turn the bacon slices over, and blot with paper towels to remove any excess grease. Brush the bacon strips generously with the glaze and return to the oven. Bake for 10 more minutes, or until bacon is crispy and golden brown, and glaze is candied.
  • Use a spatula to remove each piece of bacon and transfer to a piece of parchment paper to cool. The bacon will firm up as it rests.
  • When the bacon is completely cooled, gently dab any excess grease with paper towels. Makes 12 strips.

Notes

Storing: Leftover brown sugar bourbon bacon may be stored, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Reheating: Spread bacon strips on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and heat in a 350 degree F oven until hot, about 6 to 7 minutes.

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Nutrition

Serving: 2stripsCalories: 383kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 9gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 482mgPotassium: 167mgSugar: 18gVitamin A: 27IUCalcium: 19mgIron: 0.4mg
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Keyword bourbon, candied bacon
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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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BENSA was founded by bacon expert Eliza Cross, author of more than a dozen cookbooks. She has written three bacon cookbooks including the award-winning Bacon Beans and Beer, the bestselling 101 Things to Do With Bacon, and the popular sequel 101 More Things to Do With Bacon. Learn more about BENSA...

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