Coffee-Maple Candied Bacon

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What’s better than bacon? Candied bacon with rich, earthy flavors of coffee, sweet maple syrup, caramelized sugar and spicy black pepper.

This recipe is dangerously easy to make, with only a few ingredients: bacon, freshly roasted coffee (I like using a full-bodied, dark roast such as FreshGround’s Sumatra Aceh), sugar, maple syrup and a touch of black pepper. Word of advice? Make this in small batches – or at least have friends over to share the results with. Otherwise before you know it, you’ll have consumed a shameful amount of bacon all by yourself. (Yup, I’m speaking from personal experience.)

Enjoy this treat on its own, add it to a sandwich or chop it up to use on top of Maple Bacon Cupcakes. It also tastes great alongside a crisp, cold beer such as Black Top, a black IPA from New Glarus Brewing Co. (unfortunately only available in Wisconsin). Black Top has notes of molasses and chocolate that pair perfectly with the candied bacon, while a bit of hoppiness complements the caramelized sugars.

If you don’t currently have bacon and coffee in your house, go buy some. Seriously. You do not want to miss out on the decadence that is Coffee-Maple Candied Bacon.

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Coffee-Maple Candied Bacon
Slightly adapted from Chomp and Thrive

12 oz. sliced, uncooked bacon (preferably thick-cut)
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp finely ground coffee (such as FreshGround’s Sumatra Aceh)
1 tbsp maple syrup
Black pepper (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Lay the bacon slices out on the baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, coffee and maple syrup.

3. Spread the coffee and sugar mixture on the slices of bacon, flipping to coat both sides.

4. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the sugars caramelize and the bacon gets crisp. Sprinkle on a bit of black pepper to taste. Allow the bacon to cool for a few minutes and then enjoy!

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  1. Oh my word! This post is literally making my mouth water. For some reason, I thought this would harder to do, but I’m totally gonna try this!

  2. James Trenda says:

    “If you don’t currently have bacon or coffee in your house…” then you just need to go away. Those two things are always in my basket when I go to the store.

    I just ate some candied bacon! I make mine with just maple syrup (sometimes black pepper), but I’m DEFINITELY adding coffee next time. I made a coffee-rubbed pork tenderloin last week and I just added a little coffee to some chocolate chip cookies and they were awesome. Ha, I’m just going to start adding coffee to everything from now on.

    Lovely post!

    – James aka @imnochef

  3. Ummm, OK. You had me at COFFEE…BACON…MAPLE…CANDIED…HeLLLLOOOO!! and in that order. Gonna make it, Gonna eat it, Gonna give it at Christmas!!!

  4. Beautiful work! I have 4 kinds of coffee and three creamers in my house right now. I love the way you ladies think 🙂

  5. This is so beautiful! I love cooking with coffee and I can’t wait to give this a try.

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