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Crispy Candy Bacon from Chris Lilly

Yields2 ServingsPrep Time5 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time20 mins

This spice rub is easy to make and can be saved for a long time. Turn your favorite snack into your favorite treat!

 Thick Cut Bacon
 ½ cup sugar
 2 tbsp chili powder
 ½ tsp ground cumin
 ½ tsp cayenne pepper
 ½ tsp salt

Lightly season both sides of the bacon


This is a low heat cook, use a pellet grill or gas grill on low, low. I found my Weber Genesis gasser to be perfect at low, low. The sugar in the rub caramelized beautifully but did not blacken. Normally I’ll grill bacon just under 400F but not this recipe.


The flat side of GrillGrates or the GrillGrate Griddle are the ideal way to grill bacon on any grill. I like the backside of GrillGrates best as it allows grease to drip away and burn up in the grill.


Turn the bacon regularly until it is super crispy.


Place on a sheet pan, wax paper or a drying rack tray. Avoid paper towels as the bacon will stick to the paper towels.


Save the rub in a container for the next time you want Sweet Crunch Bacon!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2 slices

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 148
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g13%
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 505mg22%
Potassium 109mg4%
Total Carbohydrate 7g3%

Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 4g
Protein 10g20%

Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 0%
Iron 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.