I recently took a weekend trip, and I experienced one of the best meals of my life at a fine little establishment that specializes in Southern cuisine. One of the things that made this meal so memorable was the praline bacon that I had, so I took it upon myself to recreate it. The only difference is that I like mine better.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (135 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels.

  • Spread the pecans onto an unlined baking sheet, and toast 7 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown and aromatic. Watch the nuts carefully as they bake, because they burn quickly. Set aside to cool.

  • Stir the maple syrup, butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the hot candy resembles foamy caramel and a candy thermometer reads 270 degrees F (130 degrees C) (soft crack stage). Quickly stir in the pecans.

  • Toss the bacon in the candy mixture to coat each strip, and remove with tongs to cool and harden on the prepared baking sheet. Last but not least… eat up!

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

219.4 calories; 6.1 g protein; 18.4 g carbohydrates; 25.5 mg cholesterol; 372.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2009
This really is fabulous. I've been making this ever since I saw it in a southern cookbook when I first moved into my own place. Only difference is I always used heavy duty foil that I sprayed liberally with Pam. Make sure to watch the candy mixture carefully otherwise you'll have a mess on your hands. This is addictive watch out. Very very good. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/06/2009
I also love the idea of this. I followed the directions to a T and was very disappointed. As soon as I added the toasted pecans the candy mixture turned into a solid mass! I almost threw it out. Instead I tried adding about 2 more tablespoons of maple syrup to the pot and put it back on low heat. It slowly broke up to the point where I was able to spread it on top of the bacon but not coat the bacon. The flavour of the bacon and the mixture together is divine. But next time I wont be adding the pecans to the mixture. I will coat the bacon in the mixture then coat the top of the dipped bacon with the pecans. Read More
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11 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
04/06/2009
I also love the idea of this. I followed the directions to a T and was very disappointed. As soon as I added the toasted pecans the candy mixture turned into a solid mass! I almost threw it out. Instead I tried adding about 2 more tablespoons of maple syrup to the pot and put it back on low heat. It slowly broke up to the point where I was able to spread it on top of the bacon but not coat the bacon. The flavour of the bacon and the mixture together is divine. But next time I wont be adding the pecans to the mixture. I will coat the bacon in the mixture then coat the top of the dipped bacon with the pecans. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2009
This really is fabulous. I've been making this ever since I saw it in a southern cookbook when I first moved into my own place. Only difference is I always used heavy duty foil that I sprayed liberally with Pam. Make sure to watch the candy mixture carefully otherwise you'll have a mess on your hands. This is addictive watch out. Very very good. Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
03/23/2009
I love the idea of this - and the taste. I had a little trouble with the praline mixture coating the bacon. I felt like it may have been too thick and some of it dried funky-looking. Granted I don't have a candy thermometer so I was winging it a bit. I'm also going to try this again cutting the bacon into bite-size pieces before I fry it. I felt like a whole bacon strip was a bit much (maybe if the candy is thinner it would be a good sized serving I don't know). Anyway will definitely make these again - thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2010
Yum! Great for a dinner party as a conversation starter. Better to lay the bacon on parchment paper and then drizzle the mix over it then add chopped/toasted pecans quickly... Didn't feel that there was enough to dip it in could double the drizzle if you wanted extra. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2009
OMG! This stuff is so bad for you but so good. I like it best when you let it cool all the way down...sounds a little weird combining candy with meat but it's like the two were made for each other. And while I was a little intimidated by the whole candy thermometer thing it was actually pretty easy stuff to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2009
I had this at a resturant in Baton Rouge for Mother's Day Bunch I have been trying to figure out how to make it ever since. It came out GREAT! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2011
If you are looking for an unusal sweet treat you are right on the money. My daughter begged me to make this and it wasn't bad. We didn't add the nuts as she isn't a fan but otherwise followed direction exactly. The bacon does need to be crispy. I baked mine in the oven and it came out crispy and solid for dipping in the sauce. I hade a bit of extra caremel but my daughter just put it on her french toast. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2009
this stuff is addicting Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/15/2014
Tried to make this twice. Both times I couldn't get the candy to stick. My son was so disappointed!:'( Not to waste anything We ended up eating the bacon separately from the "candy" once it had hardened. Read More
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