Air Fryer Twisted Candied Bacon — Candied Bacon is a great snack and tastes good, but it can be challenging to make. This recipe for Air Fryer Twisted Candied Bacon makes the process much easier and will leave you with perfect candied Bacon every time! The best part about this recipe? It’s all made in an air fryer!
Air Fryer Twisted Candied Bacon is one of the latest crazes on Tik-Tok, and I swear this recipe started in the Air Fryer Group! We were all trying to figure out how to get more Bacon into the air fryer basket. Twisting it was the way to go.
Today, I elevated Air Fryer Bacon and made an Air Fryer Twisted Candied Bacon version. They were designed to delight your tastebuds!
There is nothing better than Bacon in this world, except for Air Fryer Bacon, which is impressive–and without the mess.
If you are looking for even more Air Fryer Bacon Recipes, some of my favorites are AIR FRYER, HOW TO MAKE BACON IN THE OMNI AIR FRYER (BY INSTANT POT), AIR FRYER MILLION DOLLAR BACON, AIR FRYER, BROWN SUGAR CANDIED BACON and my mother’s recipe for AIR FRYER BROWN SUGAR BACON KNOTS.
If you have always loved candied Bacon when served at a restaurant, let me tell you it’s so simple to make.
Bacon is one of the foods that everyone loves, but everyone doesn’t always take advantage of the awesomeness of Bacon. You can cover bacon in chocolate, sesaonings, spices, and of course warpped around food–chicken, pork chops, steak, etc.
There are so many different ways to candy bacon; I like to use the simple items from my pantry, nothing fancy; this way, everyone can do it!
How To Twist Bacon
Twisted Bacon is nothing more than twisting the Bacon. We initially did it so we could fit more Bacon into the air fryer basket.
But as trends happen, soon everyone was doing it. The key is to twist the Bacon tightly to cook up all Bacon, whether in the air fryer or the oven.
Air Fryer Candied Bacon Ingredients
- Pure Maple Syrup
- Brown sugar
- Ground Cinnamon
- Black Pepper
How To Make Air Fryer Twisted Candy Bacon
Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F, air fryer setting. If you do not have a preheat cycle, let the air fryer run for 5 minutes at 400 degrees F.
In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup and two tablespoons of brown sugar.
Take the Bacon and lay the strips flat on a cutting board or piece of wax paper. Brush both sides of each piece of Bacon with the maple mixture.
Twist each strip tightly, then place it in the basket of the air fryer. Continue to do this with the remainder of your Bacon. It is OK for all the pieces to be touching/squished.
Sprinkle the tops of all of your maple-covered twists with salt, black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.
Cook the Bacon at 400 degrees F, air fryer setting, in the air fryer for about 8 minutes. Flip all the Bacon over, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and cook for another 7-8 minutes. Check the Bacon. If it has reached your desired crispiness, then it is done cooking. If you prefer crispier bacon, cook for another 2-3 minutes and check again. When done, let the candied Bacon cool while sitting in your air fryer basket. When it is cool enough to handle, transfer it to a serving platter.
Why Should I Use An Air Fryer?
There is nothing better and more accessible than making Bacon in the air fryer. It’s fast; it produces excellent and delicious Bacon!
And clean up is a breeze. Just clean the one basket when you are done with your Bacon. Easy and simple!
Tips for Making Candied Bacon
- Bacon: The best bacon for twisted bacon and candied bacon would be thickly sliced. If you really want to get the caramelized flavors, it will need to air fry longer, which will mean that the bacon will need to be air-fried longer. Therefore thicker cut bacon works the best.
- Sugar: 90% of the recipes for candied bacon call for brown sugar since as the brown sugar breaks down, it starts to caramelize. Which produces a great and delicious piece of candied bacon. (whether cooked in the air fryer or the oven)
- Seasoning: Today, I used simple ingredients of salt, black pepper, and ground cinnamon. But you can easily change those out; some people like to add some paprika to make it a tad bit spicy. Anything that you like on your bacon will work amazingly.
How to Serve Candied Bacon
My kids will literally eat it as it comes out of the basket. But you can also use it to dress up some recipes, some of my favorite ideas:
- Cracked over salads.
- Chopped and added to deviled eggs
- Crumbled into Air Fryer Popcorn
Some Other Great & Easy Air Fryer Bacon Recipes-
- AIR FRYER BACON WRAPPED SHRIMP
- INSTANT POT BACON CARBONARA
- AIR FRYER BACON WRAPPED ONION RINGS
- AIR FRYER ZUCCHINI BACON CHEDDAR SCONES
- EASY AIR FRYER BACON AND TOMATO GRILLED CHEESE
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- 2 - 12oz packages of bacon
- 1⁄8 cup of pure maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar - divided
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F, air fryer setting. If you do not have a preheat cycle, let the air fryer run for 5 minutes at 400 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup, ground cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
- Take the bacon and lay the strips flat on a cutting board or piece of wax paper. Brush both sides of each piece of bacon with the maple mixture.
- Twist each strip tightly, then place it in the basket of the air fryer. Continue to do this with the remainder of your bacon. It is OK for all the pieces to be touching/squished.
- Sprinkle the tops of all of your maple-covered twists with salt, black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.
- Cook the bacon at 400 degrees F, air fryer setting, in the air fryer for about 8 minutes. Flip all the bacon over, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and cook for another 7-8 minutes. Check the bacon. If it has reached your desired crispiness, then it is done cooking. If you prefer crispier bacon, cook for another 2-3 minutes and check again. When done, let the candied bacon cool while sitting in your air fryer basket. When it is cool enough to handle, transfer it to a serving platter.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
- To prevent smoking the bacon fat, you can pour about a 1⁄8 cup of water into the bottom of your
- This recipe makes 1⁄2 of the bacon as plain bacon and half of the bacon as candied bacon.
- Thick cut and regular cut bacon will have different cook times. The times in this recipe are a good base
for either cut; however, thicker cuts may take a little additional time.
- This bacon is best served immediately; however, you can store the bacon in an airtight container in your
refrigerator for 1-2 days if needed. Note that the texture will change once the bacon is cold or reheated.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 577Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 2009mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 39g