Coffee-Candied Bacon


As if bacon wasn’t already magical enough, this coffee-candied bacon recipe completely changes the game.

coffee candied bacon
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings

This coffee-candied bacon is irresistible—somewhere between a candy and the most deliciously savory snack in the world. The coffee might seem like an unusual addition, but it adds the perfect amount of bitterness to offset the sweetness and fat. It’s a surprisingly versatile recipe—try in tacos, alongside rice and beans, or shredded in a chicken salad.


  • 8 thick-cut bacon slices

  • 6 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons ground coffee beans

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange bacon on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet. Stir together sugar, ground coffee, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl; sprinkle half of the mixture over bacon. Bake until sugar bubbles, about 18 minutes. Flip bacon; sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture. Return to oven; bake at 375°F until bacon is crisp and caramelized, about 15 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes.

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