Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites

Holiday Gifts! Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites - AKA Pig CandyOur Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites, AKA Pig Candy, makes a unique holiday gift for bacon-lovers!

Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites - AKA Pig Candy
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Crispy Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites - AKA Pig Candy

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This simple 5-ingredient candied bacon recipe makes a marvelous topping for all sorts of dishes. It’s also a tantalizing sinful snack and edible gift for the holidays!

How To: Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites - AKA Pig Candy

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Our Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites are crisp and glossy, coated in a sweet brown sugar bourbon glaze.

They are baked on a rack, until all the fat drips off and the glaze hardens, leaving crunchy, chewy, porky perfection!

How to Make Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites - AKA Pig Candy

Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites make surprising edible gifts this season. Package them in cellophane bags with a tag that offers ideas of how to enjoy them.

How should one enjoy them, one might ask?

Well, I just like to shovel them in my mouth by the fist-full. However, they provide that little extra something to creamy soups, salads, snack mixes, chocolate desserts, and as a garnish for pasta or risotto dishes!

Truly, Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites make everything taste better.

Making Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites - AKA Pig Candy

To Make Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites

Mix brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla extract, and crushed red pepper in a bowl.

Cut the bacon into squares and toss it in the bourbon mixture. Mix well to coat.

Baking Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites - AKA Pig Candy

Place the bacon squares on the wire racks. Bake for 40-60 minutes, until the bacon is brick-red and crisp. The exact cooking time depends on the thickness of your bacon.

The bacon will still be a little flexible while it’s hot, but should quickly cool into dry pieces that are crisp on both sides. You can take a piece out of the oven and cool it to test for doneness.

Crunchy Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites - AKA Pig Candy

Skip the cookies this year!

Take Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites to your cookie exchange party and watch your friends gobble them down. There’s a good chance they won’t make it out the door!

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Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites

Yield: 130 pieces

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:60 minutes

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Our Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites Recipe, also known as Pig Candy, makes a unique edible holiday gift, and topper for salads, desserts, and soup!

Ingredients:

  • 24 ounces thick cut bacon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with foil or parchment paper. Then set a wire baking rack on each sheet.
  2. Mix the brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and crushed red pepper in a large bowl. Cut the bacon into squares and toss it in the bourbon mixture. Mix well to coat.
  3. Place the bacon squares on the wire racks. Brush additional bourbon mixture over the bacon, saving the rest for later. Bake for 40-60 minutes, until the bacon is brick-red and crisp. Brush the bacon with the remaining bourbon glaze halfway through baking. (Cooking time depends on the thickness of your bacon.)
  4. The bacon will still be a little flexible while it’s hot, but should quickly cool into dry pieces that are crisp on both sides. You can take a piece out of the oven and cool it to test for doneness. Cool the bacon to room temperature, then serve or package for gifts! (Crisp dry Pig Candy can sit out at room temperature for up to 3 days. But feel free to keep it in the refrigerator, just to be safe.)

NOTE: If the gaps in your wire baking racks are too far apart, you can bake the Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites in strips, then cut into squares once they come out of the oven. However, they look nicer if they are cut before baking.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 130 pieces, Serving Size: 65 (2 pieces)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 82 Calories
  • Total Fat: 5.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2g
  • Cholesterol: 11mg
  • Sodium: 180mg
  • Carbohydrates: 3.4g
  • Sugar: 3.3g
  • Protein: 3g
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3 comments on “Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites

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  2. Susan Ransteadposted December 26, 2017 at 11:08 pm Reply

    I tried this as an appetizer on Christmas day. Wow! These got rave reviews from my guests. So easy, and love that it can be made in advance. Thank yiu!

    Rating: 5
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