Traeger Smoked Spicy Candied Bacon is the easiest crowd-pleaser you are ever going to make. Much easier than pan-fried bacon, on any day of the week, this one is special enough for a Sunday full of company or a houseful of football fans invading your house for a game.
Traeger Smoked Spicy Candied Bacon
If you aren’t on Team Traeger yet, which you definitely should be, you can make this candied bacon in the oven. I’ll include notes on the recipe to tell you how to adjust, but by the end of this, you might be searching for a Traeger!
I’ve been posting a lot of Traeger recipes lately. You’ve seen the Traeger Grilled Chicken, Traeger Grilled Chicken Kabobs, Traeger Grilled Chicken Wings, Traeger Grilled Pork Chops, and the Traeger Grilled Chicken Sandwich. We are a little obsessed. Traeger Prime Rib? YUP.
By the way – this is NOT a sponsored post. We bought both of our Traeger Grills at Costco at full price, and aren’t getting paid for these posts in any way by either product OR payment. Not that I’m opposed to that. 😉 Sponsored posts help keep Or Whatever You Do going – this just isn’t one of them. 😉
Around here there isn’t time to do special cooking for the blog and special cooking for the family. What you see here is literally what we are eating. Like with my Instant Pot obsession, which also isn’t sponsored at all, we just love these tools and want to share them with all of you!
What are Traeger Grills?
Traegers are a wood pellet grill that you plug into an electric outlet. Starting it is as easy as turning a dial. It maintains a consistent temperature better than any other grill I’ve ever used, and it is ALLLLL indirect heat, so you can “low and slow” alll of those awesome cuts of meat that get so tender a delicious with that method.
Plus – smoke. All the smoke. At home. No bbq joint required. You can even make your very own smoked beef jerky on them, which in a house with as many boys as we have will make the thing pay for itself by the time it is all said and done.
Start these by mixing together the brown sugar, maple syrup, cayenne, and sriracha in a small bowl. On a parchment lined baking sheet, lay out your bacon in a single layer and brush on the sugar mixture generously on both sides of the bacon.
If you are using a Traeger, now is the time to fire it up. With the lid open, turn it to smoke and let it go for 5 minutes. Then turn the dial to 300, close the lid, and let it preheat for 15 minutes. Once it is heated, we can put the bacon in!
Shut the lid and let it go for 20 minutes. Flip all of the bacon, shut the lid, and cook another 15 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked and the sugars are completely melted. Remember that it’ll cook a little more once you pull it, so watch it carefully those last 5ish minutes!
If you are cooking this in an oven, follow allll of these instructions besides the grill part. 😉 It translates over really well.
- 1 pound center-cut bacon
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon sriracha hot sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, hot sauce, and cayenne in a small bowl. Whisk together until combined.
- Preheat your Traeger to 300 degrees following the Traeger instructions.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the bacon out in a single layer, and generously brush both sides with the sugar mixture.
- Place the pans in the Traeger (or your oven), and cook for 20 minutes. Then flip the bacon to the other side, and cook for the remaining 15 minutes (or until the bacon looks cooked and the sugar is melted and delicious, your mileage may vary by 3-4 minutes either way.)
- Remove from the grill or oven and let cook for 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan to give the "candy" time to settle. Definitely do NOT place directly on paper towels, or you'll have paper towel candied bacon and no one likes that.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 458 Saturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 49mg Sodium: 565mg Carbohydrates: 37g Sugar: 33g Protein: 9g