Candied Bacon


  • 21 strips Kurobuta Ranch Uncured Thick Cut Bacon
  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with heavy aluminum foil. If you have a broiler pan or cooling racks you can use to elevate the bacon, do this. 
  2. Mix together agave nectar, chili powder and paprika in a medium bowl.
  3. Arrange Kurobuta Ranch Uncured Thick Cut Bacon strips in a single layer on baking sheets. Evenly brush generously the nectar mixture over bacon strips. You might need to do this in batches, depending on your oven. 
  4. Bake on middle rack for 20 minutes. Keep an eye on bacon, nectar can burn easily. The goal is for bacon strips to be almost crispy, but still a little chewy. The natural fats will be sizzling and bubbling around them.
  5. Remove bacon strips and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Lay out parchment paper or aluminum foil and top with cooling racks. Transfer strips from baking sheet to cooling racks to drain excess fat and allow them to come to room temperature.

When fully cooled, serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature. Enjoy!

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Chef’s TIP:

Candied Bacon can also be chopped and put into salads or served alongside BBQ Chicken or a nice steak. Any place you serve bacon; you can make it super special candied bacon!

Fun Facts

The word bacon refers to the “back” of a pig.

The word bacon comes from the Germanic root “-bak,” and refers to the back of the pig that supplied the meat. Bakko became the French bacco, which the English then adopted around the 12th century, naming the dish bacoun.
Back then, the term referred to any pork product, but by the 14th century bacoun referred specifically to the cured meat.

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