Everything Seasoning Candied Bacon is baked with a touch of maple syrup and a sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning, for the perfect salty and sweet bite! It's Candied Bacon that has everything!
There's not much labor to this recipe, but so much to love about the flavor. Since the first time I made Everything Seasoning Candied Bacon, it has become the go-to bacon in our house. Salty from the bacon and the everything seasoning and sweet from the maple syrup glaze, this is candied bacon that has, well... everything! The Boy wants it on burgers, in BLTs, and on the side of all the breakfast stuff, because It. Is. Everything!
My rendition of an everything bacon seasoning recipe is included in the recipe card at the bottom of the page, but you can buy jarred Everything Bagel Seasoning at your local Hipster Joe's or mega market. That's fine. But there's something quite satisfying about making it yourself, especially if you'll be using it a lot. And you will!
A note about my Everything Bagel Seasoning: my recipe makes quite a bit, but I haven't found that to be a problem since I use it all the time. Mix it up, put it in a mason jar, and keep it close at hand!
See recipe card for quantities.
With so few ingredients, it's difficult to make substitutions, but here are some ways to make seasoned candied bacon that my readers have tried and loved!
- Sugar Free Maple syrup - This recipe went semi-viral a couple of years ago when a Keto Diet blogger made my seasoned bacon using a sugar free maple syrup. I haven't tried it, but apparently it makes a great keto friendly candied bacon!
- Brown sugar - Instead of brushing maple syrup on your bacon, you can sprinkle with light or dark brown sugar.
- Turkey bacon - One of my readers swears by their turkey bacon version of this flavored bacon, so you can give that a whirl!
- Lower sodium - If you are trying to decrease your sodium intake, you can use lower salt bacon and salt free everything bagel seasoning.
After trying this recipe, you might ask yourself "How else can I season bacon?" Finding the right combo to complement and still let the bacon flavor shine through is key. Try these ideas:
- Spicy - My Spicy Candied Millionaire's Bacon has the perfect blend of spicy and sweet, with both maple syrup and brown sugar, along with warm spices.
- Cajun - Using brown sugar and cajun seasoning makes for an incredible flavor blast!
- Kid friendly - Not every kid, or adult, loves everything seasoning. Go figure! In place of your bagel seasoning, try sprinkling your bacon with raw white sesame seeds. As they continue baking, the seeds will toast and get crunchy, adding a delightful flavor and texture to your bacon!
Remember, making bacon in the oven is highly dependent on two things: the temperature of your oven and the amount of time you are baking. Not every oven's temperature sensor is accurate. My last oven was off by 75 degrees!!
If you are unsure of your oven's temperature, use an oven thermometer to check its accuracy, and consult your oven owner's manual to adjust the temperature if needed. If you don't have a thermometer to check, keep a close eye on the time you have your bacon in the oven. A higher or lower temp will change the amount of time your candied bacon needs.
This is the easiest recipe ever for seasoned bacon and I've given step by step photos for you to follow along for success. From preparing the bacon for cooking, brushing on the maple syrup, to how to season the bacon, it's all here:
1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Cut off any end pieces of your bacon that are overly fatty as these tend to burn. Save them in the freezer for making beans or stews.
3. Brush the tops of each slice of bacon with a light coating of maple syrup. Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes.
4. Remove the bacon from the oven and flip over each slice. They won't look very cooked, but we're right on track.
5. Use a paper towel to blot excess fat from the top of each slice so the next brushing of maple syrup will better adhere.
6. Brush your bacon with more maple syrup.
7. Sprinkle each slice generously with your everything seasoning. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until the bacon is golden. Watch carefully after 10 minutes so it doesn't burn.
Hint: Everything Seasoning Candied Bacon is especially delicious when it accompanies a sweet breakfast such as overnight yeast waffles, light and fluffy pancakes, or my personal favorite - cinnamon french toast!
One ingredient that every chef knows and respects is time. When you cook some foods, they need time to reach the perfect flavor, texture, or doneness. This Everything Seasoning Candied Bacon is one of those foods.
I urge you not to skip the step of placing your finished seasoned bacon on a piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. This will allow the candied portion of our flavored bacon to set, giving you that bit of crispiness you crave.
You might think that leaving it on the rack will do the same thing, but not so much. As the maple syrup hardens, it will stick to the rack, even though you've sprayed it with nonstick spray. Trust the process. I wouldn't steer you wrong!
Love Everything Seasoning? Try my Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Biscuits!
Don't laugh, this is based on an actual comment I received where someone baked their bacon at 500°F and complained that it was burnt and demanded I send them money for their burnt bacon. I understand the impatience to get delicious bacon in your belly, but most recipes are meant to be followed to the very last letter. Bacon improvisation is highly frowned upon.
In the unlikely event that you have leftover bacon(something I've never experienced) you can store your strips in a single layer in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Do not stack the bacon or you might have a hard time separating them.
The best way to reheat leftover bacon is to place it on a sheet pan theat is lined with a piece of parchment paper that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Place in a 350°F oven for about 5 minutes, or just until no longer cold. Reheating for too long runs the risk of burning the sugars in the maple syrup.
More Bacon Inspiration
Everything Seasoning Candied Bacon
Everything Bagel Seasoning (This makes a lot, but you'll want it for "Everything"!)
- ¼ cup poppy seeds
- 2 tablespoon white sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoon black sesame seeds (use more white seeds if you can't find black)
- 3 tablespoon minced dried garlic
- 3 tablespoon minced dried onion
- 2 tablespoon flaky sea salt
- 1 lb thick cut bacon
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons everything bagel seasoning
Making the Everything Bagel Seasoning
- Mix "everything seasoning" ingredients in a bowl. Done. Good job!
- Preheat oven to 400° Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper that you have sprayed with nonstick spray. This will be the landing spot for your finished bacon. It'll be sticky, so don't forget to spray the paper.
- Line another large sheet pan with aluminum foil. Place a wire baking rack in the sheet pan and spray that with nonstick spray as well.
- Lay the bacon in a single layer on the rack. It's okay if they touch right now, as the stickiness comes later. Brush lightly with maple syrup.
- Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and flip the bacon. The bacon has shrunk a bit, so you can now move the bacon around so the strips aren't touching.
- Brush the second side of each slice with a light coating of maple syrup, and sprinkle the bacon well with your everything seasoning.
- Place the bacon back into oven for another 10 to 15 minutes or until nicely browned. Don't over bake, because both the syrup and the seasoning are prone to burning if not watched carefully at the end. Check in at 10 minutes to be on the safe side.
- Remove bacon from oven place on the parchment paper that you prepared. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
The nutritional and caloric information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It does not assert or suggest that readers should or should not count calories, and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s or doctor’s counseling.