Black Pepper Candied Bacon for Santa

Spicy black pepper pairs perfectly with salty, savory bacon and sweet, golden brown sugar. Black Pepper Candied Bacon is a super easy treat to make this holiday season for friends and family. Maybe even for Santa!

This recipe for Black Pepper Candied Bacon was written in partnership with Farmland Bacon. I have been compensated for my time, but all opinions are my own.

Black Pepper Candied Bacon for Santa

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Candied Bacon Recipe

This time of year I am always struck with the feeling of wanting to give something back. I get a little frustrated because I don’t always know how to get involved in my community. I’m always happy to help a friend in need, but sometimes I want to do more. Something a little more than just doing what I consider being a good human being.

I’d like to make a difference for someone who doesn’t get to enjoy so many of the luxuries that my kids and I do. Because I realize that even though money can often be tight in our house these days and I have to focus a lot more on what we really need than what we really want, I still live in a nice house in a really nice neighborhood.

I drive a decent car that works. We have clothes we need and food to eat. My kids are happy and have plenty of friends and toys to play with. We don’t really need more stuff.

But there are a lot of people who are not feeling the creature comforts of life the way I do. Families who at the end of the year aren’t feeling great about making it through another year. Parents who maybe can’t afford Christmas presents for their kids or the groceries to put a really nice holiday meal on the table.

And that’s why I’ve partnered with Farmland to spread the word about their Bacon for Santa campaign that supports the Food Bank of the Rockies, a local Denver food bank. I don’t have a lot of extra financial resources to adopt another family for Christmas, or make a large financial donation to a local charity that helps families during this time of year.

But, I can support and spread the word about efforts like this. Farmland has teamed up with former Denver Bronco and current ESPN sportscaster Mark Schlereth to let you know that while milk and cookies are great, what Santa really wants this year is bacon!

Why Bacon? And how does that help fight hunger in the Denver area this holiday season? Farmland wants to donate one pound of protein to Food Bank of the Rockies, up to 25,000 pounds total, for every person that pledges to leave bacon for Santa this Christmas Eve.

Would you like to help? Pledge to leave Bacon for Santa at your house this Christmas Eve. It is simple, all you have to do is share on your own social media pages that you plan to leave Bacon (maybe this recipe for Black Pepper Candied Bacon) for Santa in lieu of cookies this year.

Make sure to include the hashtag #BaconForSanta in your posts and post before December 24th. Every time you use the hashtag #BaconForSanta on social media Farmland will make a donation to a local food bank. How great (and easy!) is that?

It isn’t a lot, but every share adds up and eventually, together, we can all make a pretty big impact.

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What is Candied Bacon?

Candied bacon, aka pig candy, is essentially crispy bacon that’s been coated with a sugar or caramel glaze. You’ll sometimes see candied bacon made with pecans as well, or dipped in chocolate. It’s a popular fair food, but I prefer making it homemade!

Candied Bacon Ingredients

To make this candied pepper bacon, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Canola oil
  • Farmland bacon
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Black peppercorn
  • Brown sugar

How to Make Candied Bacon

Making candied pepper bacon couldn’t be simpler. Here are the basic steps to making candied bacon:

  1. Place a wire rack on top of a baking pan. Brush it with canola oil.
  2. Place bacon on wire rack.
  3. Brush the raw bacon with maple syrup, then sprinkle with crushed black pepper and brown sugar.
  4. Bake until the bacon is crisp.

Can I Make This With Turkey Bacon?

I’ve only made this recipe using regular pork bacon, so I can’t speak to how it’d turn out using turkey bacon. If you make this Black Pepper Candied Bacon using Turkey Bacon, I’d love to hear how it turns out! Please leave me a comment below and let me know.

How to Store Candied Bacon

Candied bacon should be allowed to cool completely and then should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container.

Black Pepper Candied Bacon for Santa

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Tips for Making Candied Bacon

Be sure to buy a plain pork bacon and not a flavored kind. You want the maple syrup and black pepper glaze to really stand out!

Also, make sure you’re using pure maple syrup and not pancake syrup. Pancake syrup is essentially flavored corn syrup and I don’t know how well it’d work in this recipe.

Lastly, you want the black pepper to be ground coarsely. Each bite of candied bacon should have a nice pop of pepper flavor!

More Easy Holiday Recipes:

Not sure what to give the special people in your life this holiday season? Here are a few more edible gifts you can make for them.

These Salt Dough Ornaments are the sweetest homemade gift! They can be hung on the tree year after year and can easily be personalized.

I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love these Homemade Gingerbread Caramels. They taste just like the holidays!

Lemon Sugar is an edible gift that few people think to make. You can use flavored sugars in cocktails, on cookies, and more!

This Bourbon Caramel Sauce is another easy treat to make during the holidays. You can make a big batch and divide it between glass jars to give as gifts.

If you’re looking to get your kids involved with the gift giving, try making a batch of this Triple Chocolate Candy Cane Bark together. Kids love sprinkling all the toppings on!

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Black Pepper Candied Bacon

Black Pepper Candied Bacon

Yield: 12 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Black Pepper Candied Bacon is a super easy treat to make this holiday season for friends and family. Maybe even for Santa!


  • 2 teaspoons Canola Oil
  • 12 ounces Farmland Bacon
  • 2 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon Coarse Ground Black Peppercorn
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar


    1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
    2. Line a baking pan with foil. Place a wire rack, such as a cookie cooling rack or broiler tray, on top of the lined pan. Brush it with the canola oil to lightly grease the pan.
    3. Lay the bacon on top of the greased wire rack. Then, using a pastry brush, glaze the tops of the bacon with the maple syrup. Sprinkle the bacon with the black pepper, then the brown sugar, gently pressing the sugar into the bacon.
    4. Bake the bacon on the center rack in the oven for 25 - 35 minutes, until it has reached your desired crispness.
    5. Transfer cooked bacon to a plate to cool, not a paper towel (it will stick to a paper towel).


Leftovers should be stored refrigerated.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 187Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 28mgSodium 481mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 0gSugar 12gProtein 10g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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This recipe for Black Pepper Candied Bacon was written in partnership with Farmland Bacon. I have been compensated for my time in creating this recipe for Candied Bacon for Santa, but all opinions are my own.