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Holiday Candied Bacon Brittle (VIDEO Recipe)

This Candied Bacon Brittle is loaded with nuts and candied bacon. It's unusual but CRAZY GOOD! Candied Bacon Brittle is a wonderful homemade gift idea! | natashaskitchen.com

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This Candied Bacon Brittle is fully loaded with toasted nuts and candied bacon. I really want you to experience this unusual but CRAZY GOOD treat! This recipe is proof that bacon really can make everything better ;).

Tabasco sponsored this holiday dessert and their original red pepper sauce takes this bacon over the top. It really amplifies the flavor of bacon and balances the sweetness of the glaze. The spiciness is very subtle and lingers in your mouth.

My sister Anna gave me the idea for this recipe – I was thinking about “just” making candied bacon until she threw down the brittle + bacon idea. It’s seriously amazing! Thanks Anna!!!

This makes for a wonderful homemade gift because it lasts about a week at room temperature. I sent 2 batches to my sons’ school for the teachers to enjoy and apparently it was the talk of the entire school, which definitely made my day :).

Watch How to Make Candied Bacon Brittle:

Tips for perfect candied bacon:

  1. *Only use thick-cut bacon. Regular thinner-cut bacon will crisp much faster in the oven and will burn following these baking times. I’ve tested this theory ;).
  2. Pre-baking the bacon is a vital step. Bacon does not absorb the syrup so it doesn’t need to marinate in it and if you brush it on at the beginning, the sugar will get smoky in the oven which is no fun (I’ve tested this theory as well). I found the best balance to be 20 minutes in the oven before applying the glaze.
  3. A thicker cut bacon may require even more pre-baking unless it has more meat than fat (my 1 lb of bacon had 12 strips).

This Candied Bacon Brittle is loaded with nuts and candied bacon. It's unusual but CRAZY GOOD! Candied Bacon Brittle is a wonderful homemade gift idea! | natashaskitchen.com

I’ve done countless tests of candied bacon and this is the only method I’ve found that actually candies the bacon without making your whole house smoky from brown sugar. I’m amazed at how many recipes out there don’t warn people about that! Follow these instructions (using thick-cut bacon) and you will have beautiful candied bacon without having to air out your house! 🙂

I think she takes after me! 🙂 My toddler loved the candied bacon!!

This Candied Bacon Brittle is loaded with nuts and candied bacon. It's unusual but CRAZY GOOD! Candied Bacon Brittle is a wonderful homemade gift idea! | natashaskitchen.com

You will need a candy thermometer for this recipe. They range $7-$15 or so on Amazon (affiliate).

This Candied Bacon Brittle is loaded with nuts and candied bacon. It's unusual but CRAZY GOOD! Candied Bacon Brittle is a wonderful homemade gift idea! | natashaskitchen.com

This Candied Bacon Brittle is loaded with nuts and candied bacon. It's unusual but CRAZY GOOD! Candied Bacon Brittle is a wonderful homemade gift idea! | natashaskitchen.com

Holiday Candied Bacon Brittle

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
This Candied bacon brittle is fully loaded with toasted nuts and candied bacon. I really want you to experience this strange but CRAZY GOOD treat!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$12

Ingredients

Candied Bacon Ingredients:

  • 1 lb 11-12 strips THICK CUT bacon*
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp real maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Tabasco Original Pepper Sauce

Nut Brittle Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted pecans ** toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup unsalted cashews ** toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda

What you'll need:

  • Candy thermometer

Instructions

How to Make Candied Bacon:

  1. In a small bowl stir together: 1/3 cup brown sugar, 2 Tbsp maple syrup and 2 tsp Tabasco, and set aside.
  2. Cover a rimmed backing sheet with foil and set a wire rack inside. Separate bacon strips and place them evenly over the rack/baking sheet. Bake at 400˚F for 20 minutes. Flip bacon over and brush top with 1/2 of syrup then bake 5 minutes, flip bacon over, brush top with remaining syrup and bake 5-7 minutes or until browned. Don't bake much beyond this because the sugar coating can start to get smoky.
  3. Remove from oven, use tongs to shift them around slightly on the rack to prevent sticking and let cool on the rack until room temperature then pat dry both sides lightly with paper towels to remove excess oil then chop into 1/2” pieces.

PREP EVERYTHING Before Starting Candy:

  1. You have to move fast when making candy because it hardens quickly, so have ingredients and tools ready to go: Line baking sheet with parchment and have 2 forks ready to pull brittle apart. Have a candy thermometer ready.
  2. Before starting candy, toast nuts then coarsely chop. Once nuts and bacon are cooled to room temp, toss them together in a bowl.

How to Make Nut Brittle:

  1. In a medium heavy saucepan, combine: 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup corn syrup and 8 Tbsp butter. Bring to a boil, and adjust temperature to keep a medium boil. Cook, stirring occasionally 10-12 minutes, stirring more frequently towards the end (time will vary based on the size of pan, so cook until brittle is a light beige and reaches 290˚F on a candy thermometer.
  2. Once at 290˚F, turn off heat, remove candy thermometer and very quickly stir in 1 tsp baking soda. It will puff up. Baking soda makes brittle lighter and crunchier.
  3. Quickly (fast as lightning!!) stir in nuts and candied bacon then immediately transfer to parchment lined baking sheet and work fast to spread brittle out with 2 forks then smooth out with a spatula. Cool until firm then break into pieces and serve or package up your bacon brittle as gifts!

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

This Candied Bacon Brittle is loaded with nuts and candied bacon. It's unusual but CRAZY GOOD! Candied Bacon Brittle is a wonderful homemade gift idea! | natashaskitchen.com

Because it’s hard to put into words just how good this tastes, you really have to put it into your mouth to see for yourself! I hope you’re as crazy about this as we are :). Big thank you to Tabasco for sponsoring this fantastic recipe.

Q: What is your favorite homemade treat to make at Christmas time?

This Candied Bacon Brittle is loaded with nuts and candied bacon. It's unusual but CRAZY GOOD! Candied Bacon Brittle is a wonderful homemade gift idea! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Noël
    November 21, 2018

    Hi. This recipe looks wonderful and I can’t wait to try it. I was just wondering about how best to store it and for how long. I thought of shipping some to a friend who loves bacon. Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 21, 2018

      Hi Noel, I haven’t maxed out the time but I would say it can be kept up to a week at room temperature. 🙂 Room temperature (70˚F or so, with low humidity) is best. I hope you love this candied bacon brittle! Reply

  • Michelle
    April 6, 2018

    Redonkulously delicious! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 6, 2018

      YES! I’m glad you think so Michelle! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Reply

  • Jenni G
    December 9, 2017

    I made this today, was absolutely amazing! Have to be honest I was a little scared of messing up the last part because it does set quickly but I did it and people LOVE it! Thank you Natasha you always add life to my menu planning, and as I said before Food Network needs you, you make it simple and fun! Happy Holidays Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 9, 2017

      You’re welcome Jenni! I’m glad to hear the recipe is such a success! Thanks for sharing your encouraging comments! 🙂 Merry Christmas! Reply

  • Katya
    November 7, 2017

    Natasha, this is listed under vegetarian…. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 7, 2017

      Oh dear! Oops! Thanks for bringing that to my attention. :-O Reply

  • Barb Sallee
    July 17, 2017

    Meghan Smith was kind enough to share this incredible recipe with me, and, oh my goodness, is this incredible! Many thanks for sharing the candied bacon recipe – that, on its own, is wonderful! Mixed in with the other ingredients – well, it’s just transformed into absolutely amazing perfection! Thank you, Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 17, 2017

      You’re welcome Barb! I’m happy to hear you love the recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Kathy Johnson
    December 22, 2016

    How long is this baked at the end and at what temp? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 22, 2016

      Hi Kathy, there is no baking at the end. It sets on the parchment paper and as soon as it cools/hardens, it is ready to be enjoyed. Easy peasy! 🙂 Reply

  • Natasha
    December 19, 2016

    Thanks for the recipe. I was wondering if you think it would be just as good if I left out the nuts or maybe replaced it with almonds? My son has nut allergies (besides almonds) and even though I would be making this for others, I don’t want to take the chance! Thanks 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 19, 2016

      You can substitute the nuts with pretty much any kind of nut you want. I think this would taste great with almonds! Reply

  • December 19, 2016

    Ok, you had me at bacon! This does look fantastic!! Just wanted to stop by to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 19, 2016

      They are amazing! Thank you so much and Merry Christmas to you too! 🙂 Reply

  • Catherine Lee
    December 17, 2016

    I have a super thick favorite bacon, Farmer John’s brown sugar bacon and I think it would work great in this! Can’t wait to try it, mmm. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 19, 2016

      I hope you love it!! 🙂 Reply

  • Jessica K
    December 17, 2016

    Made it today for neighbors treat boxes, and… its pretty darn ridonkulous! I’ve had more of it than I probably should and think I’m having pork hot flashes! This is meant to be a good review 😆 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 19, 2016

      lol, that is hilarious – hot flashes eh? Reply

  • December 17, 2016

    This looks absolutely over the top and delish!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 17, 2016

      Thank you Sara!! 🙂 I have to admit, it sure is! 😉 Reply

  • Karen
    December 17, 2016

    My husband would love this. I entered the contest, but my computer skills leave a lot to be desired. Hope I did it right!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 17, 2016

      Thanks Karen! As long as you followed the steps in the rafflecopter and clicked “enter” with every entry, you are good to go! 🙂 Reply

  • Deen
    December 16, 2016

    I think I’d be picking out all the yummy bits of bacon. Looks like dangerous stuff. Dangerously good! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 16, 2016

      Thanks Deen! That’s me! I go for the pieces that have the most bacon. Ha ha!! Reply

  • Natalie
    December 16, 2016

    Aww your little girl and her bacon! That’s adorable! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 16, 2016

      Thank you!! 🙂 It takes more time to photograph when she’s in the room but I love when I can sneak in some shots with her in them. 🙂 Reply

  • December 16, 2016

    This looks CRAZY good!
    Such an old fashioned American treat. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 16, 2016

      It IS amazing!! Reply

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