Who doesn’t like bacon and how about delicious candied bacon?  I received the Southern Cast Iron Cookbook and what delicious recipes it has! Some of the recipes are for stove top while others are for the oven.  Reading through the recipes brought back memories of when my grandmother would use only cast iron.

As I was glancing over the eight chapters in the book, of course I would find something sweet for my palette, Candied Bacon and just had to give that a try.  The recipe is very easy, quick to make and simply delicious!


Ingredients for Candied Bacon are:

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 tablespoon salted butter

1 pound thick-cut bacon


In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. (I didn’t have any ginger on hand so I substituted nutmeg.)  In the skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.


Dredge each piece of bacon in the spiced sugar and add to the skillet with melted butter. Fry the bacon for 4 to 5 minutes per side until crisp.  (I didn’t use thick bacon so I only fried it for about 3 minutes each side.) Drain on a wire rack, make sure not to drain on a paper towel or the paper will stick to the candied glaze.



When I make my grandmother’s old-fashioned baked bean recipe, I always top it with bacon, I think this candied bacon would be great to try it out on the beans. I like the beginning of this book where it has a list of do’s and don’ts and how to season new iron cookware.  The book has so many delicious recipes from breakfast, breads, seafood, poultry, meats, desserts and more. I also like the soft cover, it is sturdy and easy to wipe off.


The author, Elena Rosemon-Hoerr has shared family recipes that have been passed down through generations and it’s a great way to reflect on the past of Southern cooking. I am pleased with the quality of this book I received, the variety of recipes and I like having a hard copy of a book instead of an e-book when it comes to recipes.



If you are a bacon lover, this delicious candied bacon is a recipe you won’t want to miss!






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14 Discussion to this post

  1. Katherine Leighty says:

    Martha I used only cast iron for years…my son now has it and the people who eat at the restaurant he cooks at are lucky…I only gave up my cast iron because of physical inability to lift it!anymore…let me say that certain foods NEVER taste the same in stainless steel as in cast iron…if it weren’t for my weakness I would still use it…4 generation, no 5 have used cast iron in my family..,liver and onions, fried chicken are not the same without it! But we try! LOl! Actually iron has healthy benefits for women because of the iron! Good article! I miss my grandma’s chicken fryer! LoL!

  2. Alexandra says:

    whoa, that sounds like some amazing bacon! gotta try! lol

  3. Martha says:

    OMG, it’s like candy Alexandra! It’s so good, let me know when you try it! Thanks for stopping in my kitchen.

  4. Martha says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if they could come up with a way to make cast iron a bit lighter in weight but still get the benefits from cooking it in? OMG, how I remember my grandmother frying up liver and onions in her cast iron pan! Looks like this brought back memories for you and me with our grandmas! Thanks for stopping by and for the compliments Katherine.

  5. Kasia says:

    Mmm I’m definitely a bacon lover. I never tried candied bacon before but this looks good. I’ll have to try this recipe. Thanks Martha 🙂

  6. Elvis Cosmos says:

    My taste buds have got ignited with only looks , i can only imagine how they would be if the bacon was in my hands.
    Well done.

  7. Hemendra says:

    Your Bacon looks like very tasty. Have not tried at all. Gonna try someday, and your pictures made it even tastier. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Martha says:

    It is VERY tasty Hemendra! I had extra left over and it’s even good cold. Let me know if you make it!

  9. Martha says:

    LOL Elvis, it’s delicious but the hardest part is letting it cool to eat! Such a treat! Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Martha says:

    Oh Kasia, if you’re a bacon lover, this is a must! Let me know if you make it and what you think!

  11. The Savvy Age says:

    Wonder if this would work with bacon cooked in the oven 🙂 – yum!

  12. What a lovely blog you have here! I loved reading every second of it and i admire your amazing food (yum)! Thankyou for Sharing it has brightened my day! Many Thanks, Cat.

  13. Martha says:

    Thanks for the compliments Cat! I do enjoy making new recipes and sharing them. This candied bacon was over the top on delicious! Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

  14. Martha says:

    Now that sounds like an idea I’ll have to try. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I’ll try it that way next time. Thanks for the great suggestion Savvy Age!

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