candied bacon recipes and wine pairings

Bacon & Wine Pairings + Matching Candied Bacon Recipes!

Do you love bacon? How about wine? Then you’re in luck. If you’re ready to combine your favorite tasty treat with a lovely libation, then the infographic and pairings chart below are perfect for you.  We’ve matched the wood used to cure and smoke the bacon as well as the way it is treated to pair perfectly with a popular varietal of wine to help ensure you have a great match.

But can it get better?  That depends on if you like to cook, or have a friend that does.

Below the bacon and wine pairing charts you’ll find recipes we’ve perfected to create candy bacon treats that match the wines perfectly.  We hope you have as much fun trying these perfect pairings out and if you do, please share this with a fellow bacon and wine lover.

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Which Wine Goes With Bacon?

Bacon Flavor Red Wine Pairing White Wine Pairing
Applewood Petite Sirah Chardonnay
Cherry Wood Pinot Noir Pinot Grigio
Hickory Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc
Mesquite Merlot Champagne
Oak Cabernet Sauvignon White Zinfandel
Pecan Garnacha Dry Rose
Smoked and Peppered Red Bordeaux Riesling

Bacon Candy and Dessert Recipes & Wine Pairings:

Type of Candy Notable Flavors Red Wine White Wine
Chocolate covered bacon dark chocolate, pink peppercorns Syrah Moscato
Praline Bacon Bites brown sugar, pecans Shiraz Pinot Grigio
Bacannoli Candy cream cheese, cinnamon Rioja Riesling
Bacon Balsamic Honey Chews balsamic vinegar, honey Red Zinfandel Sauvignon Blanc
Honey Bacon Dates goat cheese, honey, pistachio Cabernet Sauvignon Chablis
Rosemary Bacon Rosebuds rosemary, brown sugar Merlot Chardonnay
Bacon Apple Ribbon Candy granny smith apple, cinnamon Pinot Noir Spumanti Champagne

General Instructions For Cooking Bacon Candy in the Oven:

Many of the recipes below require the bacon to already be cooked and preferably in the oven.  To pre-cook the bacon, place it on a wire rack set on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400℉ for 15-20 minutes, until bacon is crisp.

Chocolate Covered Bacon


Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 12 slices thick cut bacon
  • 10 oz good quality dark chocolate
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or shortening

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400℉. Place a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet.

  2. Place bacon slices on the wire rack and bake for 15-20 minutes until bacon is crispy. Let cool.

  3. While bacon is cooking, prepare chocolate. In a heat-proof glass bowl, melt chocolate, vanilla, and coconut oil together until smooth, stopping to stir every 30 seconds. Keep warm.

  4. Dip cooked bacon slices into the chocolate using a spoon to coat completely. Lay on wire rack and sprinkle with garnish.

Praline Bacon Bites


Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 36

Ingredients

  • 12 slices thick cut bacon, cut in thirds
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400℉. Place a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet.

  2. Place bacon slices on the wire rack and bake for 15-20 minutes.

  3. While bacon is cooking, mix together brown sugar and chopped nuts.

  4. Remove bacon from oven and coat each slice with sugar mixture on both sides.

  5. Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until sugar is caramelized and bacon is crispy.

Bacannoli Candy


Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 32

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 8 oz Neufchatel cheese or reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips, plus more for garnish

Bacannoli Shells:

  • 16 slices thin cut bacon cut in half
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400℉. Place a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet.

  2. Beat together first 4 ingredients on medium speed for 2 minutes until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Transfer to a piping bag or a gallon plastic storage bag and refrigerate until ready to use.

  3. If you don’t have cannoli tubes, use aluminum foil to make a foil snake about 1” in diameter.

  4. Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon.

  5. Pat sugar mixture onto both sides of bacon slices, then wrap the slices around cannoli tubes to form shells. Place on prepared wire rack with seam side down.

  6. Bake for 20 minutes until bacon is crispy and caramelized. Remove from pan and let cool.

  7. Remove filling mixture from refrigerator and snip off corner of filling bag making sure hole is big enough for mini chocolate chips to pass through. Pipe filling into bacon cannoli shells and sprinkle ends with more chocolate chips. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Bacon Balsamic Honey Chews



Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 36

Ingredients

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 12 slices thick cut cooked bacon, cut in 3 pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400℉. Place a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place bacon slices on the wire rack and bake for 15-20 minutes until bacon is crispy.

  3. In a heavy saucepan, boil honey and vinegar together until mixture reaches 300℉ on a candy thermometer (hard crack stage.)

  4. Using tongs and working quickly, dip each piece of bacon into the honey mixture to coat and lay on a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Store in refrigerator until hardened and ready to eat.

Honey Bacon Dates


Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 30

Ingredients

  • 30 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 2 tbsp honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400℉. Place a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet.

  2. In a small bowl, mix together cheese and nuts. Stuff 1 tsp. cheese mixture into each date.

  3. Wrap each piece of bacon around a stuffed date, stretching the bacon if needed, and secure with a toothpick. Place on the wire rack and brush tops and sides with honey.

  4. Bake at 400℉ for 15-20 minutes until bacon is crisp taking care not to burn the honey.

Rosemary Bacon Rosebuds


Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 16 slices thin cut bacon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400℉.

  2. Coil the bacon into rose shape and skewer with toothpicks crosswise about ⅓ of the way down.

  3. Place rose in a mini-muffin tin, suspended by the toothpicks with the fatty edge down and meaty edge facing up, so fat will drain into the cups.

  4. Sprinkle with half the brown sugar mixture and bake for 15 minutes until sugar begins to caramelize. Sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, until edges of bacon are crispy.

  5. Remove from pan to drain and cool before serving.

 

Bacon Apple Ribbon Candy


Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 2 large granny smith apples, peeled and cut in ¼ x 2” slices
  • 16 pieces thin cut bacon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400℉. Place a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet.

  2. In a large bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon and toss with the apple pieces.

  3. Using a skewer, thread one end of the bacon slice and then an apple piece onto the end. Continue alternating the apple and bacon, weaving the bacon into an S-shaped ribbon.

  4. Lay on a prepared rack and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar from the mixing bowl.

  5. Bake at 400℉ for 20 minutes or until bacon is cooked, flipping halfway through.

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