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Tried and True: Sweetly Spiced Bacon

The first time I made Sweetly Spiced Bacon was for a gal’s brunch at my first place in Orlando and the bacon was so good that not a piece was left. Other times I have made it, the same result.

I decided to switch up the ingredients with brown sugar and freshly cracked black pepper and, occasionally, a touch of cayenne and, to date, I haven’t changed it. A few lovely ingredients and voila – smoky sweet spiced bacon goodness. You can always improvise and add a little allspice or some paprika but, in the end, the brown sugar and pepper always seals the deal with me. Get some good quality thick cut bacon for it too – it makes a difference.  Just make sure to set aside a couple pieces for yourself and, for the love of all things holy, if you have a dog or cat around – ban them from the kitchen because they will stalk the oven at first whiff!

On to the recipe:

Gather your ingredients

Sweetly Spiced Bacon - Ingredients | Cooking In Stilettos

Thick cut bacon sprinkled with sugar and spice

Sweetly Spiced Bacon - Adding the Sugar and Spice | Cooking In Stilettos

Look at this tray of sizzling goodness

Sweetly Spiced Bacon - Sizzling Out of the Oven | Cooking In Stilettos

Ahhh Sweetly Spiced Bacon – is there anything better.

Sweetly Spiced Bacon | Cooking In Stilettos


Tried and True: Sweetly Spiced Bacon

This sweetly spiced bacon will be the hit of your next brunch - a few simple ingredients sprinkled over thick cut bacon and baked in the oven - no muss, no fuss and all flavor!

5 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 lb thick cut good quality bacon
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 -1 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a baking rack over the foil lined baking sheet. (It saves you a lot of messy cleanup – trust me on this).
  3. Lay the bacon strips across the rack in one layer, lining the strips up edge to edge.
  4. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the bacon strips, making sure each strip has a nice light amount of sugar coating it.
  5. Sprinkle the pepper and cayenne pepper (if using) across the bacon in the same manner.
  6. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes until crisp and golden.
  7. Enjoy!



2712 cal


126 g


180 g


202 g
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