Best Keto Bacon Ever

The best keto bacon ever starts with a sweetness from being candied that can't be beat and ends with just a touch of a tingle, a must try low carb snack. Be sure to check the FAQs below the recipe card for more details.

keto candied bacon in a glass jar.

What is Keto Candied Bacon?

Our candied bacon is made keto approved by using a brown sugar alternative and using a brand of bacon already that is already low carb with less added sugar. The process of "candied" bacon occurs when something sweet like sugar, honey or sweeteners are applied before cooking. The sugars "candy" the bacon during the cooking process.

Is Bacon Keto?

Bacon is natural low in carbs and keto approved, however there are some brands that add sugar or honey to their recipe. Be on the lookout for ingredients that do not include these. A simple straight forward bacon usually contains almost NO carbs at all, coming in at around .1g per slice.

slices of raw bacon on sheet pan with dish of glaze.

How to eat this Low Carb Bacon

There are many ways you can enjoy this easy candied bacon, first let me start by saying Just EAT it. As is. Oh yes, that thing called snack bacon. It is one of the best ideas for a snack on the keto diet. It provides fat, salt, virtually no carbs and is so versatile. Top any dish with this keto candied bacon, like our cheesy cauliflower or pecan chicken. The possibilities are truly endless.

Making our Keto Candied Bacon

The process of making this absolutely delicious keto bacon is so easy. All it takes is a sheet pan, pastry brush, a few ingredients for the syrup and the bacon of course. Let's get to it.

Best Keto Bacon Ingredients

  • 1lb Bacon slices
  • ½ c Brown Sugar Alternative (we use Lakanto Monkfruit)
  • ½ c Lakanto Maple Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

Keto Candied Bacon Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and spray with nonstick
  3. If needed, Cut the bacon strips in half and place on the baking sheet. Do not overlap them.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the syrup, brown sweetener and seasonings until well combined.
  5. Brush the mixture over the bacon on both sides.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes in the oven until crisp.
best keto bacon on plate.

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Best Keto Bacon Ever

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

The best keto bacon ever starts with a sweetness that can't be beat and ends with just a touch of a tingle on your tongue. A MUST TRY

Ingredients

  • 1lb Bacon slices
  • ½ c Brown Sugar Alternative (we use Lakanto Monkfruit)
  • ½ c Lakanto Maple Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and spray with nonstick
  3. If needed, Cut the bacon strips in half and place on the baking sheet. Do not overlap them.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the syrup, brown sweetener and seasonings until well combined.
  5. Brush the mixture over the bacon on both sides.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes in the oven until crisp. See cooking note in this recipe card in regards to flipping the bacon part way through.

Notes

We have done this both with and without flipping the bacon mid way through. Believe it or not, we ended up with similar results each time. My guess is that the bacon basically sits and cooks in it's own grease either way. SO flipping the bacon between is totally up to you. Certainly let us know which way you tried and how you liked it.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 pieces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 1gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gProtein: 16g

Nutrition facts are auto- populated by the app for this recipe card, numbers may vary. For best results, input your exact brand ingredients into a recipe analyzer like Verywell or MyFitnessPal.

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What is the best sweetener for this recipe?

We are very partial to all Lakanto products. I believe the flavor of monkfruit is the most mild sweetener out there with no cooling effect or weird after taste.

Can I make this a regular recipe version that isn't keto?

Yes, absolutely! To make this recipe the traditional way, simply skip the sweeteners and use brown sugar as well as regular maple syrup.

Can this cooked bacon be frozen?

Yes! We do actually freeze it similar to the already cooked type in the store. Lay the cooked slices out between parchment paper, wrap up and place in a zip top bag. Freeze for 1 month. Eat after thawed or reheat in an air fryer.

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