Brandy & Kevin Bacon {Espresso Candied Bacon Recipe} | KC, the G-Free Foodie

My friend Brandy sent a a semi-desperate text a few weeks ago, with Alison from A Girl Defloured and me on the receiving end.

“Help! I need an Espresso flavored bacon recipe!”

When I inquired as to why, she responded:

“we’re going to a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon party tomorrow!”

Obviously. Why didn’t I guess that?

Brandy is a great cook, because she’s great at following recipes. (She makes the best Pad Thai ever, from a recipe I sent her that she tweaked a bit.) So it made sense that she was hitting up her recipe-developing friends, because this wasn’t one she wanted to fly solo on. I looked in the fridge: Wellshire Farms Applewood Bacon stared back at me. So I went to work, measuring Espresso Powder (I like King Arthur brand, this is NOT the same thing as ground espresso, don’t do that to yourself) and brown sugar got measured into a bowl, and I whipped out some candied bacon in no time flat. It was beautiful when it came out of the oven, and tasty too – but not good enough for Brandy to take to a party.

It needed a kick. I hit up the spice rack: California chili powder. Yup. That’s what it needed.

I made a new batch, we ate it all, and I texted Brandy back with her custom-created Kevin Bacon party recipe.

They loved it. Of course they did. <3

Bacon Love – KC

Brandy’s Espresso Candied Bacon


  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (or more, to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder (not ground espresso)
  • 8 slices thick-cut gluten free bacon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set a cooling rack inside the prepared pan and set aside.

In a shallow dish, combine the brown sugar, chili powder and espresso powder. Dredge the bacon slices in the brown sugar mixture and arrange the bacon on the rack. Pat any remaining sugar mixture onto the bacon. Bake in the preheated oven until crisp, about 20 minutes. Serve.