I made this recipe for my husband and friends. It's a huge hit that I make every Christmas for gifts. It's perfect for any bacon lover. I personally think this tastes better the second day.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until crisp and browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels and reserve 1 tablespoon bacon grease. Crumble bacon once drained and slightly cooled.

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  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Combine sugar, syrup, and salt in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave oven until bubbling, about 4 minutes.

  • Stir bacon, pecans, reserved bacon grease, and vanilla extract through the sugar mixture; heat in microwave oven for 3 minutes more. Immediately add baking soda and stir just until foamy.

  • Working quickly, spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Let cool until set, about 15 minutes. Break into bite-size pieces.

Tips

Cook's Notes:

This recipe can be changed in many ways: you can omit the pecans, double the bacon, add peanuts, etc. Just keep in mind that if you add these ingredients, the microwave will cook these as well, so add peanuts near the beginning, extra bacon and/or pecans near the end.

If you prefer a denser brittle, add only 1 teaspoon of baking soda at the end.

I typically cook 1 pound of bacon, split it, and then make this recipe twice. If you want to make one huge batch instead, you will have to adjust the microwave cooking times to something longer.

Nutrition Facts

338 calories; protein 5.4g 11% DV; carbohydrates 55.8g 18% DV; fat 11.7g 18% DV; cholesterol 13.6mg 5% DV; sodium 642.4mg 26% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2016
I added 1 tablespoon of butter the second time I made it in place of the bacon grease. Thought the bacon grease gave it an off taste. I also used the pre-cooked bacon the second time warming it up for 20-30 seconds. I took it to a get together and everyone raved about it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2016
Next time I'll make it the day before so it sets up longer & I won't add the bacon grease because it leaves a greasy flavor in your mouth Read More
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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2016
I added 1 tablespoon of butter the second time I made it in place of the bacon grease. Thought the bacon grease gave it an off taste. I also used the pre-cooked bacon the second time warming it up for 20-30 seconds. I took it to a get together and everyone raved about it. Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
08/17/2015
This was pretty tasty but definitely need to reduce the time in the microwave. Mine was bubbling in less than a minute and the second time in the microwave it started to burn at about two minutes. I'm sure it varies a lot with each microwave. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2014
The recipe can vary greatly with microwave strengths. I have best luck with 3 minutes and then 3more minutes. This recipe is just a little too long for my microwave. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/07/2016
Next time I'll make it the day before so it sets up longer & I won't add the bacon grease because it leaves a greasy flavor in your mouth Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2016
WOW! My new favorite! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/25/2018
I used butter instead of bacon grease as some others suggested. The taste is fantastic! I didn't microwave it long enough (for my microwave) on the first try and it didn't set up properly (it was chewy rather than hard). I put it back in the microwave and re-melted it and let it harden again. I got lucky in that it hardened properly and didn't burn. The microwave method is fast and easy but you give up control over the temperature. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2018
I made this for a Halloween party and everyone loved it. I could not believe how easy this was to make. Thank you for this recipe I will be making this again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2018
Question because of the bacon do you store it in the refrigerator? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2018
As per another review I used butter instead of bacon fat and found it gave the brittle another flavour dimension. I also lightly toasted the pecans first for a nuttier flavour. Be sure to mix the sugar and corn syrup together before microwaving it or the sugar may not liquify. Work fast when spreading it on the parchment. Read More