Red Chili and Sugar Cured Bacon 4 Comments

Sep 23, 2008

I never thought you could enhance the taste of bacon, until I made this recipe. This recipe really turns up the volume on the bacon. All it takes is three simple ingredients, bacon, red chili powder and brown sugar. The smell of caramelized bacon filled my apartment with a tantalizing aroma. We added the bacon to our BLT’s for brunch, there was a hint of heat from the chili and a touch of sweetness from the sugar. Such a delicious addition.

I found this recipe in my Cooking with Cafe Pasqual’s cookbook that I was given as a gift a few months ago. This book is beautiful with simple ideas and great southwestern recipes. The restaurant in 1999 received the James Beard America’s Regional Cooking Classics Award for a “timeless, grassroots restaurant that serves memorable food and is strongly imbedded in the fabric of the community”. I’ll be exploring this cookbook more and more over the coming months as there were so many recipes I wanted to try.

Red Chili and Sugar Cured Bacon (Image 2)


2 tablespoons mild red chili powder
¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
12 thick- sliced pieces applewood-smoked bacon (approximately 8 ounces)



Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Mix the chili powder and sugar in a shallow bowl. Fit a sheet of parchment paper onto a flat pan. Bury each slice of bacon in the chili and sugar mixture and rub both sides to assure the mixture adheres. Twist the bacon two or three times by holding each end to make a candied “stick”. Bake for 30 minutes without turning. Don’t overcrowd the pan as the juices need to spread, otherwise you won’t get the bacon to cook properly.


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Breakfast and Brunch

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I had a bacon-can-be-sweet epiphany at a breakfast cafe once. This sounds amazingly delicious!

Larissa, over 5 years ago

Mmm...makes me think of the times that my maple syrup has secretly fallen off my pancakes onto a pile of bacon.

Lydia H., over 5 years ago

to the lat two comments, I know exactly what you guys are talking about. The syrup on bacon thing is just awesome. It really makes the food just so much more tasty. Sweet spicy bacon sounds like a damn good idea.

—Christophe, over 4 years ago

I live in santa fe and eat at Pasquals often and regardless of what I order for breakfast of lunch, I get a side of this bacon. It is ridiculously good.

—Edward, over 4 years ago

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