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Sweet and Spicy Bacon Crackers

Bacon Crackers are sweet, spicy, salty, smoky, and crispy. Everything you are craving and the perfect snack for any occasion.

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Brown Sugar Bacon Crackers

It is full-on tailgating time and nothing is better for cheering on your favorite team than cramming your mouth with Bacon Crackers.

No snack hits all the tastes you crave in one bite.

This bite-sized appetizer recipe is the perfect snack. Sweet, spicy, salty, smoky, and crispy! They hit all the right buttons and will keep everyone coming back for more.

Everything is better with bacon but especially my bacon wrapped picklesbacon wrapped little smokies, and these bacon jalapeno poppers.

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Easy Bacon Appetizers

Making these Sweet and Spicy Bacon Crackers may seem labor-intensive but I assure you they are easy. They just need some time and love is all. 

After all the affection you bestow on them, they will reward you with the perfect combination of sweet, spice, smoke, and salt.

Not to mention the buttery, flaky, crispy cracker that holds all these wonderful flavors and textures.

basic ingredients needed for candied bacon crackers

Ingredients Needed

Club crackers – I like these but feel free to use Ritz crackers, or any other buttery cracker you have on hand. These also work with saltines.

Bacon – Use regular bacon. Thick cut will take too long for it to get crispy and render the fat.

Brown sugar – I prefer light brown sugar but you can use dark in a pinch.

Sriracha – This adds the spice to it. If you don’t have it, substitute some melted butter mixed with cayenne pepper or black pepper.

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How to Make Spicy Bacon Crackers

First: Preheat oven to 200F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

Second: Brush each cracker with Sriracha on one side. Wrap each cracker with a piece of bacon and place on the baking sheet in a single layer.

Third: Continue with remaining crackers and bacon pieces. Bake for 1 hour.

Fourth: Sprinkle bacon crackers with brown sugar and rotate the pan. Bake for another hour or until the bacon is nice and crispy. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes. Enjoy warm!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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How do you reheat them?

Place the crackers on a baking sheet and heat in the oven at 250F for 5-10 minutes.

How long do Bacon Crackers last?

If they are not all eaten, which I highly doubt will happen, store them in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 2 days.

great snack for super bowl parties

Can you freeze Bacon Crackers?

You can place any leftovers in a freezer bag and store for up to a month. Just thaw and reheat like above.

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • I prefer to use a cooling rack on a baking sheet so the fat from the bacon can drain away and keep the crackers very crispy.
  • If your sugar burns a little, you can try putting the sugar under the bacon.
  • If you don’t like the spice, you can leave off the sriracha or just brush them with a little butter.
  • A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese under the bacon gives the crackers a flavor bump if you like that.
  • The number of bacon slices varies slightly from package to package (12 ounce) so I just use the full package and wrap as many crackers as I can.

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Making my Sweet and Spicy Bacon Holiday Crackers will make you the star of the party and definitely get you an invite to the next one!

plate of bacon crackers

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Crackers

Yield: roughly 32 crackers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Sweet, Spicy, Salty, Smoky, and Crispy is everything you are craving. My Sweet and Spicy Bacon Crackers are a complete snack that is perfect for Tailgating!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 sleeves Town House Crackers (24-48)
  • 16 slices center cut bacon (cut into thirds)
  • 3 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 4 tablespoons light brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200F.
  2. Place a cooling rack on top of a rimmed baking sheet.  You can line sheet with foil beforehand if you prefer.
  3. Brush each cracker with Sriracha on one side.
  4. Wrap the cracker with a third of a slice of bacon.  The cut bacon should just fit around the cracker with the ends coming together.
  5. Place the crackers on the cooling rack/baking sheet with the cut ends of the bacon under the crackers and the Sriracha side up.
  6. This will keep the bacon from unraveling while baking.
  7. Bake for 1 hour.
  8. At the one hour mark, remove the baking sheet from the oven.
  9. Sprinkle each cracker with a little bit of light brown sugar.
  10. Return the crackers to the oven and bake for another hour or until the bacon is crispy to your liking.
  11. When the bacon crackers are done, remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly.
  12. Serve warm or cool completely and store in an airtight container until ready to eat.

Notes

  • I prefer to use a cooling rack on a baking sheet so the fat from the bacon can drain away and keep the crackers very crispy.
  • If your sugar burns a little, you can try putting the sugar under the bacon.
  • If you don't like the spice, you can leave off the sriracha or just brush them with a little butter.
  • A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese under the bacon gives the crackers a flavor bump if you like that.
  • The number of bacon slices varies slightly from package to package (12 ounce) so I just use the full package and wrap as many crackers as I can.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 35Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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{Originally posted 09/11/2017 – photos and recipe notes updated 01/24/2023 to improve reader experience}

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