Microwave Bacon Brittle


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


  • ½ pound bacon

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup light corn syrup

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ½ cup chopped pecans

  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda


  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)

338 Calories
12g Fat
56g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 338
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 642mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 109mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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