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By: Becky Hardin

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Oven Baked Candied Whiskey Bacon is the crispiest, sweetest, spiciest bacon recipe ever! And it’s not just for breakfast; add to sandwiches, salads and everything in between.

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Oven Baked Candied Whiskey Bacon

Oven Baked Candied Whiskey Bacon is my absolute favorite way to make delicious and unique bacon. Brown sugar and whiskey infuse the meat which is then baked in the oven until nice and crispy. It’s done in just minutes and tastes incredible! A little sweet, a little spicy, a LOT scrumptious!

Because this whiskey bacon is oven baked, there’s no turning required, and no heavy smoky bacon smell permeating the house all day. Win!

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What to Serve with Oven Baked Candied Whiskey Bacon

Candied Whiskey Bacon is the perfect addition to any breakfast food. Eggs, pancakes, omelets, cinnamon rolls…the possibilities are endless. But many delicious appetizers or entree recipes are elevated with a little (or a lot) of this tempting treat. Try a few yourself:

  • Bacon Grilled Cheese Dippers
  • Bacon Cheeseburger Kebobs
  • BLT Pizza
  • Bacon Ranch Cheese Fries
  • Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake
  • Bacon and Eggs French Toast

What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Candied Whiskey Bacon?

This recipe calls for only four ingredients, yet packs such a powerful flavor punch, you’d never know it was so easy to make. Here’s all you need:

  1. First, start with good quality bacon. I love a thick cut, but thick or thinner strips will work just great.
  2. Next, grab a cup or your favorite Bourbon or whiskey.
  3. Mix the bourbon with dark brown sugar. The darker the brown sugar, the richer the flavor.
  4. Finally, kick up the spice by adding some cayenne pepper.

Check out the recipe card below for all the details on how to make Oven Baked Candied Whiskey Bacon. Enjoy!

Can Candied Whiskey Bacon Be Left Out?

Don’t leave leftovers out at room temperature. Even fully cooked, bacon is still perishable. You can store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Then reheat by microwaving for a few seconds or popping back into the oven for a couple of minutes.

More Ways to Prepare Bacon:

I’m pretty picky about how I eat my bacon, so when I find a recipe I like I stick with it! With that in mind, try a few of my favorite ways to make the very best bacon.

  • Perfect Stovetop Bacon Crumbles
  • Sweet and Spicy Oven Cooked Bacon
  • Bacon Wrapped Crackers

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Enjoy your whiskey bacon on everything!!

Try our oven baked brown sugar bacon too!


Oven Baked Candied Whiskey Bacon

4.43 from 21 votes

Author: Becky Hardin

Prep: 10 minutes minutes

Cook: 20 minutes minutes

Total: 30 minutes minutes

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This candied bacon recipe is oven-baked with a sweet and spicy whiskey reduction that tastes amazing.

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  • 12 strips of Wright Brand Bacon
  • 1 cup whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350F

  • Mix together your whiskey with 1 cup brown sugar and cayenne pepper in a small saucepan over medium/high heat. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • Place each strip of bacon directly on a baking sheet, allowing a bit of space between strips. Brush the bacon with the whiskey reduction and then sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar.

  • Place bacon in the oven and cook for 20 minutes, checking after 12 minutes. Ovens vary, so you want to make sure they don't burn. Mine took the full 20 minutes.

  • Take bacon out of the oven and allow to sit on a paper towel to cool/drain.

  • Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 573kcal (29%) Carbohydrates: 46g (15%) Protein: 9g (18%) Fat: 28g (43%) Saturated Fat: 9g (56%) Cholesterol: 47mg (16%) Sodium: 489mg (21%) Potassium: 203mg (6%) Sugar: 44g (49%) Vitamin A: 95IU (2%) Calcium: 42mg (4%) Iron: 0.6mg (3%)

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How long to cook bacon? ›

Put 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil in a frying pan and heat over a medium-high heat until hot. Add the bacon and cook for 2-4 mins on each side, depending on how crispy you like it.

Is it better to bake bacon at 350 or 400? ›

Bacon should be cooked at 400°F.

Medium-thick bacon slices will need 18 to 20 minutes to reach the perfect level of crispiness. But check the bacon at 10 minutes, and adjust your cooking time to your preferred degree of doneness.

How long to bake bacon at 400 in the oven? ›

400°F works well for both regular and thick cut bacon.

Heat your oven and cook the bacon for 10 to 20 minutes or until it's reached your desired level of crispiness. I do rotate the pan halfway through, just to ensure even cooking, but that's it. And remember that your bacon will continue to crisp up once it dries.

Do you need to flip bacon in the oven? ›

Nope! You don't have to flip it while cooking. You just lay the bacon on a baking sheet, stick it in the oven, and set a timer. The strips of bacon bubble away in the oven (no splattering!) and gradually become the crispy, golden-hued, irresistible bacon we know and love.

How long will candied bacon last? ›

You can store the cooked candied bacon in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Store it in an airtight container, such as a large zipper bag or plastic container with a lid. To reheat bacon in the microwave, place the bacon on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 30-60 seconds.

How does Hardee's make candied bacon? ›

Candied bacon is made in-house using Applewood-smoked bacon. It's then coated with caramelized brown sugar and finished with a hint of black pepper. We used a similar combination of flavors in our Candied Bacon Crackers.

What is candied bacon made of? ›

What is Candied Bacon. Also known as Pig Candy, Candied Bacon is made by coating thick sliced of bacon in something sweet such as brown sugar, maple syrup, or caramel before baking until caramelized. It's fantastic crumbled on a salad or just served alongside a pint of your favorite beer.


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