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Spicy Maple Bourbon Candied Bacon
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Candied Bacon

Candied Bacon with a maple bourbon glaze is a tasty treat that is super easy to make in the Oklahoma Joe’s Highland Offset Smoker.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Author: Derek Wolf
Cost: $25



  • 12 strips of Bacon
  • 1.5 tbsp of your Favorite BBQ Seasoning
  • 3 tbsp of Brown Sugar
  • Sliced Jalapeños for garnish

Spicy Maple Glaze:

  • 1 tbsp of Butter
  • 2.5 tbsp of Bourbon
  • 1/4 cup of Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp of Chipotle Puree or your favorite Hot Sauce


  • Preheat your Oklahoma Joe Highland Smoker to 275F indirect cooking. Add wood chunks for extra smoke flavor if desired.
  • In your firebox, add a cast iron skillet to warm. Add the bourbon first and let simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • Next, add the remaining glaze ingredients and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until it has thickened. Once done, pull off and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Lay your slices of bacon onto a cooking sheet (preferably with a metal baking rack). Coat the tops with the maple syrup glaze, some brown sugar, and BBQ seasoning.
  • Add the bacon to the smoker and cook for about 25-35 minutes or until the outside has begun to caramelize and the fat begins to render.
  • Once the bacon is looking crispy, flip each piece over and then lightly coat with the remaining glaze, brown sugar, and BBQ seasoning. Continue cooking for another 25-35 minutes until it has caramelized.
  • When done, pull the bacon out and let cool for 5-10 minutes (please let cool as it can be very hot!). Top with sliced jalapeños and enjoy!


Serving: 4servings | Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 261IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2mg