Sweet and savory, this keto friendly candied bacon is a the perfect treat to make for brunch, add to a charcuterie platter, or as a scrumptious dessert.
Keto Candied Bacon With Bourbon:
Candied bacon is such a treat! If you haven’t had this before, then luckily you landed your special little self here and can enjoy this classic in all its keto goodness.
Most candied bacon recipes use things like brown sugar, maybe some molasses or maple syrup. Those are all great options, but obviously an easy way to toss you out of ketosis.
Or, maybe you’re just here to look for something with less calories or less sugar? Either way, you’re ready to make some Keto Candied Bacon With Bourbon and you can by finding the full recipe below. Be sure to also read through for my helpful tips and tricks too!
- Baking Sheet
- Small Pot
- Basting Brush (optional)
You have a few options for making the bacon transform from regular deliciousness to over the top candied deliciousness depending on the different type of low carb sweetener you choose to use. I experimented with this monk fruit and erythritol blend and found that it didn’t leave any minty after taste but works better if you form more of a paste with it instead of a simple syrup.
The taste resulted in a sweeter overall taste to the bacon but did require a longer baking time and made the bacon slightly darker in color as well.
I also experimented with allulose to play off my recipe for Homemade Keto Simple syrup and added the bourbon and maple extract to it as well. I felt that in order to make it a little sweeter for my liking that the addition of some stevia drops helped the overall flavor. This version worked well and baked a little faster. I also loved the overall color at the end.
In order to “candy” the bacon you need to bake it. I prefer to bake my bacon on foil (pictured) and it also works to elevate the bacon on a cooling rack as well. This helps the heat from the oven penetrate underneath the bacon and can help it cook a little faster and aids in caramelizing the low carb sweeteners (allulose will caramelize but the monk fruit/ erythritol will not thus why the longer baking time is needed).
The little bit of bourbon adds a nice kick. The alcohol will cook off and the flavor will remain. If you’re not wanting to add it, sub for a little water instead with the maple extract just to help with dissolving it a bit.
I dip or baste the bacon in the low carb sweetener mixture and bake until cooked and crisped. Let it cool slightly for it to harden a bit and serve. Store the extras (ha that’s funny) in an air tight container in the fridge.
I bet this candied bacon would be a great addition to my Keto Blonde Brownies, my Keto Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie, or even would be a delicious addition to my sweet potato canapes or is obviously just great all on its own!
- 1 lb Bacon
- 2 oz. Bourbon
- 1/2 tsp Maple Extract
- 1 cup Low Carb Sweetener
- Cracked Black Pepper
- Stevia/ Monk Fruit Drops (optional for extra sweetness)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a cooling rack over the top of the foil.
- In a bowl combine the low carb sweetener, bourbon, and maple extract and whisk together.
- Either dip the bacon pieces into the sweetener or use a basting brush to paint it on both sides of the bacon.
- Bake for 20 minutes and flip it. Allow it to cook until the fat renders. Remove it from the oven and allow it cool slightly and it will set a bit more.
- Eat it. Duh.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 354 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 19g Cholesterol: 112mg Sodium: 1910mg Carbohydrates: 0g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 28g