Brown Sugar Jalapeño Bacon Recipe

Brown Sugar Jalapeño Bacon Photo

My husband is a hot pepper fanatic. I mean, I like hot stuff, y’all. But he obsesses over it. To the point that we have anywhere from 5-7 exotic hot pepper plants growing in and around our house most of the time. And then I have to make 5657635764 batches of this Cherry Bomb Chicken because what else are you going to do with that many hot peppers?

Also — I should clarify that when I say “hot peppers” I am not including jalapeños. We have scary mutant peppers over here like Butch T Trinidad Scorpions and Carolina Reapers.

Also. Do you even know how many hot peppers one plant puts off? It’s like a billion. What do you even do with a billion crazy hot peppers? These are tropical plants, so now I know why Jerk Chicken is so popular in the Caribbean.

Brown Sugar Jalapeño Bacon Picture

So I did NOT incorporate peppers that will melt your face off into breakfast. I suppose you could substitute if you are feeling brave. But for the rest of us that just like a little sweet heat, I made bacon with jalapeños and brown sugar.

It’s basically a rub that gives your bacon even more flavor (I know — did you think that was even possible?). The cinnamon gives a little oomph. It’s just a hint. The jalapeños shine.

Brown Sugar Jalapeño Bacon Image

AND! It’s really super simple to make people think you just did something ahhhmayzing. Because they’ve been over here making just plain bacon their whole lives. Oh hey though — a quick hint before I go — please please please wash your hands after you make the jalapeño brown sugar. Don’t like…  mix it up and then touch your eyeballs or anything.

If you love sweet heat, you also need to try this recipe for Hoe Cakes with Jalapeño Blueberry Sauce! Or Peachy Chicken Taquitos (yes I made those and yes they are crazy good. Dying to try that Blueberry Jalapeño Sauce, though).

Brown Sugar Jalapeño Bacon Pic
Brown Sugar Jalapeño Bacon Photo

Brown Sugar Jalapeño Bacon Recipe

Heather Tullos
Brown Sugar Jalapeño Bacon will be just the heat you need to get going in the morning. Great on sandwiches, too!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 31 kcal


  • 1 Thick Sliced Bacon
  • 0.33 Light Brown Sugar
  • 0.25 Cinnamon
  • 1 Jalapeño Finely minced


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Parchment paper also works well.
  • Lay the bacon slices out in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Then work in the diced jalapenos by hand. Rub the bacon with the brown sugar, turn each slice over and run that side too.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like your bacon. 
  • Lay the bacon on parchment paper to cool and drain. It will stick to paper towels!


Calories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 7.96gSodium: 3.18mgFiber: 0.04gSugar: 7.65g
Keyword Bacon, Breakfasts, Brunches, Easy, Jalapeños, Peppers, Spicy
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