Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes
Serves: 2-3 People
6 pieces of bacon (thick cut, but not SUPER thick)
½ Cup maple syrup
2 Tablespoons coconut sugar
8-10 raw cashews, crushed
Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for a little extra heat
Replace the maple syrup with sugar-free variety for paleo compliance
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a wire baking rack onto the baking sheet.
Spread the 6 slices of bacon evenly over the wire rack.
Cook the bacon for 10 minutes and remove from the oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees.
Using paper towels, blot the grease from the top of the bacon.
Spread ½ of the maple syrup over each slice of bacon using a basting brush (you only need a small amount of maple syrup here). Next, sprinkle half of the coconut sugar over the bacon slices
Return bacon to the oven and cook for 10 more minutes.
Remove bacon, flip, and blot the grease from the other side of the bacon. Add another thin layer of maple syrup and coconut sugar. Then sprinkle the crushed cashew pieces over the bacon slices.
Return bacon to the oven and cook for an additional 12-15 minutes, until the bacon is well cooked but not burnt. (Important! Keep an eye on the bacon after 10 minutes as it can go from done to burnt super quick)
Remove the bacon from the oven and allow it to cool on the wire rack until it firms up. (You can move it around a small bit while it’s still warm so that it doesn’t stick to the rack as it cools)
Candied bacon is best served the day it is made.
Use a wire baking rack for cooking. This is pretty important for the bacon to “candy” correctly, and not just sit in a pool of grease.
Get thick cut bacon, but not SUPER thick cut bacon. If it’s too thin, it gets all wavy and if it’s too thick, it’ll turn out more chewy than crispy.
Go easy on the maple syrup layer, or your candied bacon will be more sticky and less candied. The maple syrup is used primarily for flavor. I use a basting brush when I make this recipe but the back of a spoon works just as well for spreading a thin amount over the bacon slices.
Blot the bacon with a paper towel mid-way through cooking to remove some of the grease. This really helps the crispiness level and results in a more successful candied bacon.
Let the bacon cook long enough to get a deep, caramel color. If under cooked, it'll be limp candied bacon. Nobody likes limp candied bacon.