Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible


Candied Bacon

Recipe by Steven Raichlen

Photo credit: Richard Dallett

Watch how it was done with GrillGrates on Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke:


  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Method: Indirect grilling
  • Equipment: Baking sheet; foil; vegetable oil, paper towel; wire rack
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  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, slightly warmed
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 12 thick (1/8 to 1/4 inch) slices bacon

Step 1: Set up your grill for indirect grilling and preheat to medium (350 degrees).

Step 2: Spread a rimmed baking sheet with foil (this facilitates cleanup). Lightly oil a wire rack using a paper towel and place it over the baking sheet.

Step 3: Brush each bacon slice on both sides with maple syrup.

Step 4: Spread out the brown sugar in a baking dish. Dip each slice of syrup-coated bacon in the sugar, pressing it into the sugar. Invert to coat the other side. Arrange the bacon slices on the wire rack, leaving 1/4 inch between each.

Step 5: Indirect grill the bacon until browned and crisp and the sugar is caramelized, 15 to 25 minutes, depending on the thickness of the bacon.

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