Candied Bacon Pecans

One of most decedent nut recipes you can think of, Candied Bacon Pecans are morish, to say the least.

Crunchy nuts and a delightfully sweet and salty coating with the occasional bite of bacon make this a very worthwhile time slaving over the stove.

This recipe can take a little time to prepare but it’s pretty simple:

  1. Make the candied bacon by frying in a pan with sugar and vinegar
  2. Toss the pecans and the candied bacon together
  3. Bake until crunchy and sticky

You need no special equipment and it is easy enough even for a novice home cook.

I recommend you eat them as soon as the cool enough but to be honest I don’t think you will be able to resist for much longer anyway.

If you love nuts you must try some of my other recipes:

Peanut Butter Raisin Balls

Sugar-Free Banana Bread

Candied Bacon Pecans

Candied Bacon Pecans

Prep Time: 16 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Course: Side, Snack, sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pecans, snack, sweet snack
Servings: 4
Author: Nicola Turner
Cost: 4.50

Equipment

  • oven
  • stove

Ingredients

  • 8 slices smoked bacon
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 piri piri chilies
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

Candied Bacon

  • Cut the bacon into very small chunks
  • Place a frying pan over a medium heat
  • Add the bacon and stir for 2 minutes while it begins to cook
  • Remove the seeds from the chilies and chop very finely then add to the bacon in the pan
  • Add the vinegar and sugar and stir to combine
  • Reduce the heat to low and stir consistently to avoid burning – the bacon should start caramelizing so you need to be careful not to burn
  • Remove from the heat when the syrup becomes thick

Pecans

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350F / 175C
  • Add the pecans to a bowl and add the candied bacon and the remaining ingredients
  • Stir to avoid the bacon sticking together and until the icing sugar has dissolved and coated all of the pecans
  • Place the mixture into a casserole dish and spread out so there is some space in between
  • Bake for 5 minutes then use a spatula to move them so they don't stick together or to the bottom of the dish
  • Repeat a further 2 times and you should have some crunch but sticky delights
  • Serve after cooling for 5 minutes
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