All photos for this recipe are from Erin Hungsberg (IG: erin_hungsberg)
Warning, these things are highly addictive! The combination of fatty bacon, crisp crackers, combined with brown sugar, and a little heat from the jalapeño makes these candied bacon crackers the perfect snack. Who would have thought? With just a few basic ingredients, these are easy to make and they will have your guests hooked after the first bite!
After everyone’s suggestion I also have another recipe for these featuring cream cheese and honey, check out my candy bacon crackers with cream cheese!
Ingredients you need to make candied bacon crackers
Bacon– The salty smokey bacon is irresistible. I use thick-cut bacon.
Crackers– I use club crackers because they are the same width and shape of bacon.
Light brown sugar– Helps candy the bacon and gives a sweet bite that balances well with the jalapeño.
Black pepper– A nice contrast to the brown sugar. Fresh cracked pepper is recommended! You could also use some cayenne pepper to really spice it up!
Jalapeño– If you don’t like it spicy skip these or remove all the seeds. The brown sugar helps balance the heat.
How to make candied bacon crackers
Add a cut slice of bacon onto each buttery cracker. I’ve tried wrapping the cracker with the bacon pieces but I prefer just to lay them on top.
Next sprinkle brown sugar onto each piece of bacon and use your finger to spread out the sugar for an even coating.
Add some fresh cracked pepper to each piece. Then finish with a thin slice of jalapeño on each piece of bacon, followed by a little more brown sugar.
I place them into my Pitboss Smoker at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes to cook until the bacon is fully cooked through. If you don’t have a smoker, the oven works great!
You know they are done when the bacon looks crispy and shiny. The brown sugar should caramelize on the bacon and the jalapeños should be soft, not crunchy. You’ll be surprised how crispy the crackers are even after they soak up all that bacon fat. I’m telling you, these are highly addictive and the only thing left to do is try them!
How to store
I doubt you will have any leftovers but if you do store them in an airtight container for a few days in the fridge. They are best eaten warm but taste great at room temperature too.
Frequently asked questions:
Can I use ritz crackers instead of club?
Yes you can use whatever cracker you want. I like club crackers because they are the same width as the bacon
What if I don’t like Jalapeños?
You can skip the jalapeños and use hot honey, cayenne pepper or just leave them off if you don’t want it spicy.
Do I have to eat them right away?
No you don’t but they do taste the best right after they are cooked
Won’t the crackers get soggy from the bacon?
It’s a little strange actually but the crackers soak up the fat and they harden back up so you have a crispy cracker when they are finished.
Can I use my oven?
Yes you can! Bake at 350°F for about 25 minutes or until the bacon is to your preferred doneness. Just keep a close watch as all ovens are a little different.
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- 12 club crackers
- 4 pieces of thick cut bacon cut into thirds
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
- 2 jalapeños thinly sliced
- Lay out club crackers onto a cooking rack with a baking sheet underneath.
- Place 1 piece of bacon onto each cracker.
- Sprinkle brown sugar onto each piece of bacon.
- Add freshly cracked black pepper to each piece of bacon.
- Add one thinly sliced jalapeño to the center of each piece of bacon.
- Smoke at 350°F for 30 minutes or until bacon is cooked through. This can also be done in your oven.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Smoke, Bake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Candied bacon crackers, Bacon crackers, Spicy candied bacon crackers