Brown Sugar Baked Bacon

This Baked Bacon with Brown Sugar is hands down my favorite way prepare bacon! Not only does it add a touch of sweetness, but clean-up is a breeze! You’re going to love it.

Welcome to the first-ever Breakfast Week on IBC! We’re kicking things off with this Brown Sugar Baked Bacon!

Brown Sugar Bacon | #IBCbreakfastweek

Thanks to a few of your comments (and an idea I had a while back), I’m dedicating a week to breakfast. As some of you may know, at one time I owned a bed and breakfast. With six years of daily breakfast cooking and serving under my belt, I have lots of delicious recipes and ideas to share.

Although I’m calling this Breakfast Week, I’m not exactly sure how long it will last or how many recipes I’ll end up posting. I guess it will be a surprise to us all.

To start things off, this week I’ll be telling you about a few favorite dishes from my B&B days plus some new ideas I’ve been wanting to try. Let’s get into it!

I thought it’d only be appropriate to begin this series with a recipe that always got rave reviews at my B&B:  Baked Bacon with Brown Sugar.

Brown Sugar Baked Bacon:

Brown Sugar Bacon | #IBCbreakfastweek

All of you who love bacon are sure to understand the allure. However, if you’ve never had bacon prepared this way, you must give it a try. If you think you liked bacon before, you’re going to fall head over heels for this stuff.

In recent years, recipes like this have been floating around the Internet, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve heard of this or something similar. However, since it’s so delicious, I figured tossing my little recipe out there wouldn’t hurt.

How do you Make Baked Bacon?

Now, this recipe is super simple, but there are a few important things to ensure delicious results every time.

First, you must use a quality thick-cut bacon. I’m currently a big fan of the Wright Brand Applewood Smoked Bacon. It’s a bit more expensive, but totally worth it. That’s what I’m using today. However, use whatever brand you prefer: just make sure it’s cut thick.

Brown Sugar Bacon | #IBCbreakfastweek

Is it better to Bake or Fry Bacon?

Second, in this recipe we are going to bake the bacon instead of frying it. I love this preparation method for many reasons.

Not only does it make clean-up a breeze, but the bacon cooks more evenly. It’s not cooking in its own grease, and that lingering bacon scent isn’t as strong,

Brown Sugar Bacon | #IBCbreakfastweek

To get started, I line a baking pan with aluminum foil. Then, I set a cooling rack in the foil-lined pan. The aluminum foil isn’t necessary, but when the pan is cooled, you can just toss the foil in the trash along with the bacon grease.

That’s the easy clean-up part. Not to mention, you won’t have bacon grease splattering all over your stove top while cooking.

Brown Sugar Bacon | #IBCbreakfastweek

Brown Sugar Bacon | #IBCbreakfastweek

After that, simply lay out your bacon on the cooling rack, sprinkle the bacon with brown sugar, and pop the pan in the oven. That’s it.

Brown Sugar Bacon | #IBCbreakfastweek

The amount of brown sugar is totally up to you. I just give the bacon a little dusting. If you like things sweeter, add more sugar. If you just want a hint of sweetness, use less.

Bake the bacon at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, depending how crispy you like it. Just pay attention to it, particularly as the bacon nears cooked perfection. It can go from perfectly done to burned very quickly.

Brown Sugar Bacon | #IBCbreakfastweek

That’s it!

I kid you not, this stuff is dangerously good. You will both thank me and hate me for sharing this deliciousness with you.

Brown Sugar Bacon | #IBCbreakfastweek

Oh, and one more thing, if you like things spicy, shake a little cayenne pepper in your brown sugar. So good!

Brown Sugar Bacon | #IBCbreakfastweek

Here are a few dishes you can serve with your bacon:

Brown Sugar Bacon | #IBCbreakfastweek

Like I said, my friends, give this decadent take on baked bacon a try; then come back and let me know what you think.

Brown Sugar Bacon | #IBCbreakfastweek

You’ve been warned. Enjoy!

The Best Baked Bacon Recipe:

Brown Sugar Baked Bacon

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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, baked bacon, breakfast
Servings: 4 people
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
This Brown Sugar Baked Bacon is hands down my favorite way prepare bacon! Not only does it add a touch of sweetness, but clean-up is a breeze! You're going to love it.


  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon - (I prefer applewood smoked)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Then, line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and place a metal cooling rack in the pan.
  • Place the bacon in a single layer on the cooling rack. Sprinkle with as much brown sugar as you'd like. A light dusting is perfect.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the bacon is done to the desired crispiness. Serve and enjoy.

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  • Janet at

    Love Bacon

  • lisa at

    These look amazing! I love that you used fresh strawberries, and I can not wait to give these a try! Thank you so much for sharing at Celebrate It!persian grocery store

  • lisa at

    Hi Your recipe brings back so many good memories! The classics are always the best and I’ll be doing this one soon.
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  • Jayne McLeod at

    Sounds mouthwatering … I think I just put on 10 lbs just reading the recipe !! This is a must make breakfast treat for sure !
    Thank you so much for sharing “all” of your wonderful ideas and your home and the many tips and recipes with us … You have such a delightful blog Michael, I am so very glad to have come across your website. Have yourself a happy day

  • Janet at

    Oh boy! You had me at “bacon”. Seriously, looks like yet another of your great recipes to make. I love that you bake it in the oven. This is going to change everything! No more standing over a hot splattering skillet flipping those babies over and over to ensure perfection. Can’t wait to try on my family!

  • Melissa at

    Brush with Dijon mustard before sprinkling with brown sugar. We call it carmelized bacon!

  • Connie at

    I love bacon, and this sounds super easy and delish!

    Instead of foil that you throw away, I line my baking pans with parchment paper – then I can toss the grease and paper into the municipal compost!

    Keep on inspiring us with your charm, Michael!

  • Beverly Ebersole at

    Thank you for this recipe. When we visited you at the BB my mouth has been watering for this deliciousness. The best bacon ever!

  • Amanda at

    Aaaaand, my mouth is watering. Haha! Looks delicious. I can’t wait to see what other breakfast recipes await, my husband has a mild breakfast addiction, and I’d love to surprise him with something new! I’ll definitely try this the next time we do bacon.

  • Vanessa at

    Awesome…we always make bacon in the oven, can’t wait to try this version! Good luck with the series.

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