Honey Garlic Bacon: Great Flavors Come Together

by Jane Wangersky | April 16th, 2015 | Recipes, Simple Solutions

honey garlic bacon (400x400)While we’ve left garlic behind and moved on to bacon as our focus, there’s nothing wrong with looking back to find a great taste to go with another great taste. Two, in fact. When I decided I would try making my own kind of candied bacon this week, I also decided I wasn’t going to use brown sugar and/or maple syrup, as many recipes call for — I was going to use honey. And garlic goes great with honey and bacon, so why not try all three together?

Well, actually, I could think of reasons not to — the honey might be too thick to brush onto the bacon, the garlic might burn, it might fall off, it might fall off and burn — but I plunged ahead anyway, and most of my fears didn’t come true. Some of the garlic did fall off when I turned the bacon over, and some of what fell off did burn. But some of it stuck in the honey, and of what did fall off, a lot roasted nicely.

The bacon comes out crispy at the edges, chewy in the middle. If you’d prefer it crispy all through, try cooking it for a few minutes before you put the honey on.

It’s essential to let the melting fat flow away from the bacon. I used my old reliable broiler pan from a toaster oven, but any large enough pan with a rack that fits onto it would do. You could use a cooling rack on top of a frying pan, for example. A brush is also essential — I used a silicone one — to spread the small amount of honey over a relatively large surface.

One of my taste testers said this would make a good BLT — if you went easy on the mayo.

Honey Garlic Bacon

Yields 2
Crispy edges, chewy middle, with three great flavors


  1. ½ pound bacon
  2. 1 tablespoon honey
  3. 1 clove garlic
  1. In a small container, mix the honey with 1 teaspoon hot tap water.
  2. Mince the garlic.
  3. Separate the bacon into slices and spread on a rack over a pan.
  4. Brush the upper side of the bacon with half the honey mixture.
  5. Sprinkle with (all) the minced garlic.
  6. Bake for 5-10 minutes (longer time for thick-sliced bacon).
  7. Turn over and brush the other side of the bacon with the other half of the honey mixture.
  8. Bake another 5-10 minutes or till crispy at the edges.
  9. Pick up any garlic that’s fallen off (unless it’s burned) and put back on the bacon.
  10. Drain on paper towels before serving.
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