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Million Dollar Bacon

This Million Dollar Bacon recipe is the perfect candied bacon recipe for a crowd. It’s the perfect mix of sweet and spicy and will have all your family and friends impressed.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword million dollar bacon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 364kcal
Author Tanya


  • 10 pieces thick cut bacon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon maple syrup


  • Place oven rack on center rack. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine brown sugar, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Place foil on a 13x9 baking sheet. Add bacon in a single layer.
  • Cover both sides of pieces of bacon with the brown sugar mixture.
  • Bake in preheated oven on center rack for 20 minutes, then flip and cook for 15-20 minutes on other side.
  • Remove bacon from oven and place on cooling rack to dry.
  • Cover bacon with maple syrup



  • If you prefer, you can bake the bacon on racks in the oven to drain off excess fat while baking. I prefer to bake without a rack and use paper towels after baking to dab up any excess grease. 
  • Not all thick bacon is created equally. Some bacon is labeled as "thick" bacon when it truly isn't. If using thinner bacon, start checking for doneness after 20 minutes. 


Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 481mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.4mg