A Southern Grace: Sweet and Spicy Bacon

Sweet and Spicy Bacon


Serves 4-6

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound bacon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line two baking sheets with foil and place a wire cooling rack* sprayed with nonstick spray on top of each baking sheet.
In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and spices. Add the bacon and toss everything together until the bacon is well coated on all sides.
Arrange the bacon slices in a single layer on the racks on the prepared baking sheets. You can place them close together or even touching because they will start to shrink up as soon as they hit the oven. Sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture evenly over the bacon slices.
Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. Check the bacon and continue baking, checking it every couple of minutes. You want the bacon to be a dark golden brown and slightly crisped. The sugar should be bubbly and caramelized. It will bake for around 20-30 minutes total, depending on the thickness of the bacon.
Remove the baking sheets from the oven and let the bacon cool on the rack for 5 minutes then transfer it to a serving platter. Be sure to remove the bacon from the rack while it is still warm or it will stick.

*If you do not have wire cooling racks, you can place the bacon directly on top of the foil, but the wire racks make the most crispy bacon!

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