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Microwave Bacon Brittle

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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50 m servings 359
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Combine sugar, syrup, and salt in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave oven until bubbling, about 4 minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. Working quickly, spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Let cool until set, about 15 minutes. Break into bite-size pieces.


  • 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

Per Serving: 359 calories; 14 55.8 5.4 16 646 Full nutrition

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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 ...

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 minut...

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.

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

WOW! My new favorite!