What’s on your big game menu today? I’m making candied bacon!

Game Day Candied Bacon

We’re less than two hours from the Super Bowl kickoff, and as a snowstorm rages outside, our family’s been hanging out at home (in pajamas!) all day and preparing game-day snacks. My husband’s deep-frying mozzarella sticks, pierogies, and he’s also experimenting with frying other foods from our fridge (don’t knock dill pickles until you’ve tried ’em!) I’ll be making my favorite wings recipe a little later today, but right now, I’m tackling a snack that I’ve always wanted to try — candied bacon!

Game Day Candied Bacon Loosely adapted from this recipe, although I’ve changed some measurements as the original recipe didn’t make enough sauce for me, & I opted to use some different ingredients.

You’ll need:
– One pound of bacon
– 3/4 cup maple syrup (real maple)
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 3 tablespoons brown mustard
– 4 shakes of Liquid Smoke (I used hickory)
– 4 shakes of smoked sea salt

Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon. Cover a baking pan with foil and lay a baking rack on top. Dip each slice of bacon into the sauce mixture. Then, pull it between two fingers to slide the excess sauce off the bacon and back into the bowl. Lay each slice of bacon on top of the baking rack. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Allow to cool on racks for 3-4 minutes and then transfer to a plate, or they’ll stick to the rack.

How did it turn out?

Reactions from the Cataldo household: “This is like meat CANDY!” “Who knew you could take a grocery-store pack of bacon and transform it into something so amazing?” “For dinner, can we just eat this?” “If we took this to a party, we’d be the most popular people there.”

Oh, it’s good. It’s crunchy, sweet, salty and ridiculously good. And it’s not going to last long in this house.




  1. coupondad says

    enough to feed the entire world..at least it seems that way. LOL
    Just praying the power stays on with all the heavy snow on the south side,

  2. wireman1979 says

    Taco soup, ranch dip with shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon, chips, twice-baked potatoes…all homemade and delicious!! Brownies for something sweet.