Making candied bacon is pretty time consuming, but the outcome is totally worth the effort. I found this great recipe by Chef John on allrecipes.com. I doubled the recipe so I wouldn't run out of the glazing mixture.
To start, mix 1/2 cup brown sugar, 4 T rice vinegar, 4 T maple syrup, and ground black pepper. Spread out 1 pound thick cut bacon on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet. Bake bacon for 10 minutes on one side and 5 minutes on the flip side at 350 degrees. Brush both sides of the bacon with the glaze and bake for 5 minutes. Repeat this process until the bacon is browned and crisp. This took me about 25 minutes.
The candied bacon by itself is amazing and will take your breakfast to another level. Since I love desserts, I used the candied bacon to top maple buttercream chocolate cupcakes. They were on the sweet side which was perfect for me! Comment below how you would use candied bacon!