Project Description


Sometimes, simple is best. My instinct is always “Do more, add more,” but I have to remind myself that this thinking doesn’t always produce the best results. You can make a recipe with only 4 ingredients that tastes amazing. This recipe is proof!

Spicy Candied Bacon

Adapted slightly from Emeril (I turned down the heat!)


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 lb of regular bacon (avoid the peppery/spiced kind!)
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (red) pepper

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a broiler pan or a rimmed cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. If using a cookie sheet, add a cooling rack. Brush the broiler pan or cooling rack with the vegetable oil.

3. Mix together the brown sugar and cayenne pepper in a shallow bowl, or mix in a regular bowl and spread mixture on a plate. Press the bacon into the sugar mixture and then lay in the pan:

Sprinkle the rest of the sugar mixture on top of the bacon slices.

4. Bake for 15-25 minutes, depending on the thickness of your bacon. My bacon was thicker, so I had to cook it a tad longer.

5. Drain on a paper towel and enjoy!

Find more bacon desserts here