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Spicy Maple Bourbon Candied Bacon
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Time to level up bacon. This Spicy Maple Bourbon Candied Bacon smoked on the Oklahoma Joe’s Highland Offset Smoker is out of this world.

Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Spicy Maple Bourbon Candied Bacon
Servings: 4 people
Author: Derek Wolf
  • 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
  1. Preheat your Oklahoma Joe Highland Smoker to 275F indirect cooking. Add wood chunks for extra smoke flavor if desired.
  2. In your firebox, add a cast iron skillet to warm. Add the bourbon first and let simmer for 3-4 minutes. Next, add the rest of the glaze ingredients and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until it has thickened. Once done, pull off and let cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Lay your slices of bacon onto a cooking sheet (preferably with a grate). Lather each piece in the maple syrup glaze, crumble brown sugar over top, and lightly season with your BBQ seasoning.
  4. 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 it is looking good, flip the bacon over and then glaze, crumble brown sugar and lightly season the opposite side. Continue cooking for another 25-35 minutes until it has caramelized.
  5. 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!