Smoky Candied Bacon

It weirds me out when people are obsessed with bacon. Do not get me wrong, bacon is great. It’s so easy to make, adds a ton of flavor, and I would say 95% of people enjoy bacon. But why be over the top about it? I’ll post a picture of breakfast with 1 or 2 pieces of bacon and I always ALWAYS get a comment about how I didn’t get enough bacon. I ate two pieces along with eggs, salmon, and avocado. Believe me, that’s plenty of fat, ya jackass. Stop being a judgmental bacon person. Nobody likes that person.

So yesterday, after my cookbook manuscript was all finished up, I started Pinteresting the hell out of wedding stuff. How did people think of wedding stuff without Pinterest? There is so damn much to think about. But I love it. Sure I need to figure out bridesmaids colors and what kind of flowers I want, but I’d much rather just look at swimsuits since we are getting married in Jamaica. But can I ask something, why do the swimsuit bottoms keep getting smaller and smaller each year? Because each year, my ass gets bigger. This just ain’t workin’. My whole instagram is filled with CrossFit girls in bikinis that barely cover their cheeks. I mean, they look awesome in them, but what about us girls who need a bit more coverage? You can’t forget about us. I need to stock up on at least 14 swimsuits by wedding time next year. Does anyone has a favorite place to buy swimsuits from other than Victoria Secret, that will cover a good amount of my ass?

Also, I’ve decided something about the wedding dress I’m going to someday buy: I want it to be funky. I don’t want something simple or something expected, I want it to be different. I’m sure every bride says that, but yesterday my friend told me about a designer that has some funky dresses and I fell in love. I can’t wait to actually go shopping and try some dresses on. Next week, I head to Portland for a girls trip and we are planning to do a little dress shopping. Eeeeeek. So fun.

I ate sushi last night and feel like I’m going to vomit today. If I get food poisoning from sushi, my life might as well end.

Do any of you live in Portland or just love Portland? My friend Kyra from Kyra’s Bake Shop gave us a bunch of ideas of where to eat and what to do, but we could always use more! The only thing we have planned so far is to drink mimosas and try on dresses. All good decisions are made on champagne, everybody knows that.


Smoky & Spicy Candied Bacon

  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup maple or coconut sugar (I used a mixture of both)
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 pound thick cut bacon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, add the maple syrup, maple sugar, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Mix well. Then add the bacon to the bowl and toss to coat on all sides.
  3. Place the bacon in a single layer onto the wire rack on top of foil line baking sheet (feel free to press any remaining leftover sugar onto the bacon). Bake in oven for about 25-35 minutes. Make sure the bacon is almost crispy (it will harden up outside the oven as well)
  4. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes on the rack.
  5. Once cool enough to handle, serve at room temperature!

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46 thoughts on “Smoky Candied Bacon”

  1. Hey there! I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time now and just wanted to tell ya it’s great – you are hilarious. Thanks for the fab recipes!

  2. Julie,
    Go upstairs at the Nines Hotel at Departure. Chef Gregory is great friends with NomNom and he does a great happy hour menu and most can be gotten gluten free.

    Try the salads and chicken satay!! Sit at a table because the bar stools are pretty funky.

    Don’t forget the Cultured Caveman food truck and just going to the food truck area in Portland.

    Portland City Grill will give you the most incredible view of the entire city!!!
    Don’t forget to get to Kyra’s early, because the cinnamon buns will be gone. I got my hubby the Valentines day box and he absolutely went crazy. You know the Choco chip cookies, well, right!!-

    Dick’s kitchen in ‘The Pearl’ is a great place for lunch and Paleo driven!!!

    there really are NO bad restaurants in Portland!!-

    Have fun and enjoy your weekend/girls trip. What FUN!!!-

  3. Yes, to all of the above! Also, if you want to treat yourself try and go to brunch at Beast. Naomi Pomeroy is incredible!

    There are lots of amazing shops and boutiques here in Portland. I moved back here because I missed the city and the people so damn much!

    I hope you have a great time in this awesome city I call home 🙂

  4. Juli, Athleta for swimsuits. They are athletic looking and mix n match so you pick the bottom that works best for you. Trust me, they are awesome and yiu will look like an athlete not a bimbo!!

    1. I second the Athleta suits. Title Nine is also fantastic. They sell a bunch of brands, but their whole vibe is that they sell realistic stuff for athletic women. I love them.
      Have you looked at Wai-Ching’s dresses yet? They’re AMAZING. She’s based out of Seattle, I think. One of my friends got married in one of her dresses and it was incredible.

    2. I was just going through their catalog and immediately thought about this post. Glad you all brought it up. Love Athlete clothes and the modest suits for us girls with bigger bums.

  5. That bacon recipe looks awesome, but I agree with you about the bacon lovers. Bacon is awesome, but too much can be really really bad for you whether it is paleo or not.

    For my honeymoon last year, I got a couple really cute swimsuits from Venus. Check out their website. They have a ton of styles, but they will also bombard you with catalogs after you order something from them. Their clothes are pretty awesome too so not that I mind the catalogs, but I seem to get one once a month!

  6. Everything But Water in Cherry Creek Mall is a great place to find swimsuits – If you can find em “boy short” bottoms are the best! They are super comfortable, and make dat Booty Pop! But are such a Bitch to find! Might get lucky at PacSun or if you don’t mind ordering online look at Roxy swimwear. Whoohoo Jamaica!

  7. champagne is pretty much a requirement when you try on dresses…it’s just so fun!

    Portland has a ton of great food – it’s hard to narrow down to a few places! I love Kure juice bar, Picnic House and Mother’s Bistro. All excellent.

  8. Agree with all of the suggestions above! Also, Teote (arepas) and Harlow. Something to note: March is Portland Dining Month – 3 courses at some amazing restaurants (like Departure) for $29!

  9. Hahah my girlfriend’s mom is a wedding planner and haaaaates Pinterest. She’s like why can’t we have normal weddings and do creative things that we want instead of copying all these crazy things on Pinterest. When she plans my wedding I’ll have to pretend everything I want wasn’t found on Pinterest though haha 🙂

  10. I just bought my wedding dress and shopping for it was SO much fun! I thought I might hate the process, but I loved it. I found mine at a small boutique in Atlanta. The designer is Leanne Marshall from Project Runway. Check out her stuff. Not sure if it’s the ‘funky’ you want, but still not the typical Amsale or Watters. Have fun planning!! Pinterest and Etsy will take over your life 😉 Also, I like bathing suits from J. Crew.

  11. Go to Everything But Water and the girls will outfit you and you ass. I’m in love with Becca bathing suits and my ass is covered 🙂

  12. Check out! They also have two stores in Portland, one in the Pearl and one in NE Portland. They specialize in the more vintage style bikinis and one pieces so you’ll get more coverage. The website doesn’t do the inventory justice so you need to add the store to your list of places to shop. I have gotten many a vacation swimsuit from them. Congrats on your engagement!

  13. Juli….I’m hoping you mean Portland, OR. There are SO MANY cool and funky places to go, eat, explore. Not to mention the fact that I think it’s supposed to be like 67* here this weekend!!!!! I do know someone in L.A. that actually makes swimsuits. She made a really nice one for me….and I am definitely not a swimsuit model….there is a LOT of me to cover. But, worth checking out:

    Have fun in Portland…and enjoy (savor) the moments of wedding planning….it will be over before you know it.

  14. Julie do you mind sharing the website/designer of the funky dresses? I am also in the middle of wedding planning and would love some other ideas for dresses!

  15. I totally recommend Athleta for bathing suits. Happy wedding planning!!! I loved planning my wedding! It was so fun and exciting!

  16. my friend Molly went to Portland in Dec and her Paleo life was wrecked for the weekend by Salt & Straw. if it’s not on Kyra’s list, go anyway.

    as far as shopping, Free People is an eclectic shop you should check out.

    if you go to S&S, you must document here!

  17. she’s on IG also.

    She will hand make them to fit you perfectly, and with the coverage options you want + they are SUPER CUTE!

  18. Agree on Athleta for suits–love their bottoms, especially. Their medium tide bottoms usually come with little ties for the sides so you can make it a little sexier on the side while still keeping all the back coverage. (Sometimes, the ties are cute and perky but sometimes they’re long and droopy–an alterer can cut them in half for a few bucks and turn them into cute and perky.)

    I’ve also had good luck with Patagonia bikinis (found at REI and surprisingly sexier than what I pictured for an REI suit.)

    Good luck!

  19. Definitely agree with the those that have suggested Athleta for swimsuits. I bought two from there for my Hawaii trip last summer and they are the best fitting swim bottoms I have had in a long time. Plus you can mix & match the tops and bottoms which is great since I’m really small on top (and not so much on the bottom!). They are just starting to come out with this season’s suits, so if you don’t see anything you like just yet, keep checking back. They released new styles all the way into May/June last year.

    1. i’ve totally wanted to get one of their suits, but I need to go somewhere to try them on first since their so expensive! i’m scared the butt won’t fit haha!

  20. “Don’t be a judgmental bacon person”! You are so hilarious and I love your blog and your website and you book!
    Agree with Athleta! Fits booties of all shapes and size.

  21. Jam on Hawthorne. Hands down best brunch EVER. they have awesome mimosas- you can get a bucket of them!

  22. I’m not sure they will match your style, but you could try looking around for vintage/retro-inspired swimsuits. They would have more coverage. Years ago I remember looking at this really cute site (I feel like I found it off of Zooey Deschanel’s site, HelloGiggles), but I can’t find it now. 🙁

  23. I used to live in Portland… Best. Restaurants. Ever. I can’t believe no one said these yet: 1- Toro Bravo is my all time fav. The menu may look simple but everything explodes with flavor. Go super early and you can get easier, or just wait with some of their amazing sangria. 2- Salt and Straw. Best ice cream ever. Not paleo, and so worth it. 3- Pok Pok. Most authentic Thai food I’ve had outside of Thailand. Make sure you get the fish sauce wings! 4- If you’re looking for a bar, Spirit of 77 is the best – they have four pop-a-shot basketball hoops with timers and they’re free so you and your competitive friends can play all night! 5- Andina. If you love pisco sour cocktails you must go!

  24. New to the blog. Where do you find maple sugar? In the regular baking section? I’m not a huge fan of bacon…I find that I love turkey bacon more. But this sounds good.

  25. It says serve at room temperature…but what about storage? I made this for the next day, do I store at room temp or in refrigerator?

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