Spicy Candied Bacon

This sticky/sweet/spicy treat is probably the nicest thing you can do for the bacon lover in your life.

(If that bacon lover is you and you eat it all, we promise not to tell a soul.)

Trees Knees Spicy Syrup adds a rich maple flavor with the slow-burn heat of chili peppers. Be sure to cook your bacon on a rack for extra crispy pieces. They may seem a little soft out of the oven, but the brown sugar will harden as it cools.


  • 2 tablespoons Trees Knees Spicy Syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6-8 pieces of thick cut bacon (treat yourself and go for the high-quality)
  • Fresh black pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Quickly whisk the first four ingredients in a large bowl until the sugar is just incorporated. Add the bacon and get in there with your hands—it's the only way to do this right. Each piece should be very well coated.

Place a baking rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Or if you're like me and don't have a baking rack, cover a cooling rack in tin foil and poke holes. The idea is you want the bacon fat to drip onto the baking sheet and away from the meat so it can crisp. Lay the bacon across in one layer (go ahead and slather any extra coating on top) and cover in freshly cracked black pepper.

Bake for 30 minutes and let cool on the rack.

Head to your brunch/picnic/buddy's house for the game/nephew's birthday/poker night/first date and effortlessly steal the spotlight.

And again, if these never make out of the house...our lips are zipped.

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