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Brown Sugar Bourbon Bacon Bites

Candied Brown Sugar Bourbon Bacon Bites are baked in the oven for a ridiculously easy, insanely addictive Appetizer, Burger Topper, BLT, or Breakfast Treat!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brown Sugar Bourbon Bacon Bites
Servings: 6
Calories: 433.2kcal


  • 1 pound bacon - thick cut
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon or whiskey of choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 green onions - sliced

Whipped Horseradish Cream

  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish Adjust to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a cookie/baking sheet with foil. Depending on the size of the baking sheet, two may be needed.
  • Place a wire mesh screen or cooling rack in the baking sheet and place the bacon on it. The edges can touch, but do not overlap the bacon strips.
  • Place brown sugar, bourbon, and crushed red pepper flakes in a small mixing bowl and microwave for 30 - 45 seconds. This will make the glaze a brush-able consistency, although the brown sugar will not fully dissolve and will remain grainy.
  • Use a pastry or barbecue brush to brush the tops of the bacon with half of the glaze.
  • Bake the glazed bacon for 15 minutes.
  • Flip the bacon. Brush on the remaining glaze.
  • Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the bacon is crisp, caramelized and dark gold.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with the Whipped Horseradish Cream and green onion slices if desired.

Whipped Horseradish Cream

  • In a chilled mixing bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form using a hand or stand mixer. Keep the cream very cold until ready to whip.
  • Add horseradish, salt, and pepper.
  • Continue to whip until cream is a consistently firm texture.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.


Prepared Horseradish will have a more potent taste then Horseradish Sauce. Either can be used in your Whipped Cream, however, add the Horseradish in increments if you are not sure on how much intensity you will like.
Cook time may vary depending on the thickness of the bacon. 
Nutrition facts are approximate.


Calories: 433.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.8g | Protein: 9.88g | Fat: 33.71g | Saturated Fat: 12.34g | Cholesterol: 63.48mg | Sodium: 615.33mg | Potassium: 192.55mg | Fiber: 0.16g | Sugar: 18.03g | Vitamin A: 238.34IU | Vitamin C: 1.17mg | Calcium: 28.32mg | Iron: 0.5mg