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Five-spice Millionaire's Bacon

Inspired by the candied "millionaire's bacon" at San Francisco's Sweet Maple restaurant, this version has even deep flavor thanks to soy sauce and Chinese five-spice powder.  It's like spicy bacon candy, great for breakfast, as an appetizer, chopped into a salad or even sprinkled over ice cream.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make candied bacon, spicy candied bacon, spicy candied bacon recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 342 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 1 lb. thick-cut bacon
  • 1 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar light or dark
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Position rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a rack over the foil, leaving no space between slices.  (Oh whoops, missed the rack part, dang).
  3. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce and five-spice powder, and then brush the mixture over the bacon.
  4. In another small bowl, combine the brown sugar and red pepper flakes.  Evenly sprinkle the mixture over the bacon, covering each slice completely.
  5. Bake, rotating the sheet halfway through, until the sugar is melted and the bacon is brown and shiny, 30 - 40 minutes.  Let cool on the rack for about 5 minutes, then loosen the slices from the rack with a metal spatula,  continue to cool for another 5 minutes before serving; the bacon will crisp as it cools.

Recipe Notes

Recipe directly from Fine Cooking Magazine: Another tip:  I think I would spray the rack with a non-stick spray or you might have to chisel them bacon off the rack.

Nutrition Facts
Five-spice Millionaire's Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 450mg19%
Potassium 148mg4%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.