Spicy Bacon Candy

Mix brown sugar with ancho chile powder and cayenne to create a sweet-and-spicy rub for bacon that gets roasted until glazed and candied.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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1 pound sliced bacon

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder

1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Pat the bacon dry. Mix the brown sugar, chile powder, black pepper and cayenne together and spread out on a large plate. Press both sides of each bacon strip into the sugar mixture until coated and then arrange on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with any remaining sugar mixture.
  3. Bake until the bacon is golden and glazed, turning once, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
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