If you haven’t experienced Man Candy you are in a for a wonderful treat. If you have, you know how amazingly good this stuff is and how addictive it can be! I have spent a good deal of time (not that I’m complaining!) coming up with just the right recipe before I shared it with you because I wanted it to be just right. Keep reading for my can’t-stop-at-just-one Man Candy Sweet Spicy Candied Bacon Recipe.
The first time I had Man Candy was several years ago at a local restaurant with some girlfriends. I had never had it before but after the first bite I couldn’t stop myself. I think I ate almost the entire appetizer by myself! I came home and told my husband that I had some Man Candy and it was so goooood the look on his face was like, “You had what?!” It is a pretty catchy name and could lead to a little misunderstanding at first. I assured him it was just bacon and not some studly dude. We went back together and he agreed it was damn good. I asked the waitress how they made it and she said with a mixture of spices and honey. I thought about it and decided honey was way too messy and expensive and that brown sugar would be a great substitute. Many trials later I am now ready to share my recipe for Man Candy. It’s sweet, spicy, and savory…and completely decadent and delicious. We even put them on our burgers and our campfire s’mores last year at our Build Your Own Burger Bar. Let me tell you…dark chocolate, marshmallows, and bits of Man Candy in an ice cream cone wrapped in foil and cooked over the fire for a few minutes is Heaven. Heaven I tell you!
Start with making your sugar rub. It’s a mixture of brown sugar, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, cayenne, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Take a package of bacon, cut the strips in half, and place them on a foil lined cookie sheet.
Spread the sugar mixture over all the pieces of bacon, making sure to cover every spot. Bake at 375F for 20 minutes. The bacon should be crispy but not burnt. You might need to bake for a few minutes longer. I suggest doing this in 2 minute intervals because the sugar will start to burn very quickly if left in too long.
Let cool for a little bit and serve in a pretty glass…or just eat right from the plate like my family does. If you take some to a good friend you will really make their day. Right, Andrea?! I have a good friend that loves Man Candy and was all too happy to be my latest taste tester.
As much as I love eating this all alone it really does taste good in a burger or in a salad.
- 1 package of bacon
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1-2 tsp red pepper flakes (2 if you like it really spicy)
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cayenne
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- In a medium bowl, pour all ingredients, except the bacon, together and mix well with a fork.
- Take a package of bacon, cut the strips in half, and place them on a foil lined cookie sheet.
- Spread the sugar mixture over all the pieces of bacon, making sure to cover every spot.
- Bake at 375F for 20 minutes. The bacon should be crispy but not burnt. You might need to bake for a few minutes longer. I suggest doing this in 2 minute intervals because the sugar will start to burn very quickly if left in too long.
- Let cool for a little bit and serve in a pretty glass...or just eat right from the plate!