Have you ever taken the first bite of something and thought to yourself, “that’s the best insert food item here I’ve ever had?” I’m talking about one of those bites of food that stop time. That’s what happened to me the first time I tried baking bacon in my Traeger and added rosemary to my spice blend.


The end result was clean, sweet, and smooth with an extra layer of flavor that took everything over the top.

If you’ve tried making bacon candy you know what good bacon tastes like. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you try this method of baking bacon in your smoker. I might even argue that this Rosemary Candied Bacon is better than bacon candy.

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Selecting the Right Bacon for Baking in Your Smoker

Before we get to the tasty part of this smoked bacon recipe, let’s talk about selecting the right bacon.

I like to know where my meat comes from, and that’s why I appreciate the bacon I can get from ButcherBox. ButcherBox Bacon is sourced from slow-growing, minimally processed pigs. If you’re trying to avoid nitrates, ButcherBox bacon is perfect for you!

Baking Bacon in your smoker at low temps turns out best when you select thick sliced bacon. Thinly sliced bacon is ok, but the thick stuff has the extra fat that turns into a party in your mouth after taking on a few hours of smoke.

Preparing Rosemary Candied Bacon

This rosemary candied bacon only requires a few ingredients, and is really easy to prepare! All you need is maple syrup, brown sugar, kosher salt, black pepper, and fresh rosemary. Oh, and one pound of thick sliced bacon 🙂

In a large bowl combine 2 cups of brown sugar, a 1/4 cup of fresh rosemary, 2 tbsp of black pepper, and a tbsp of kosher salt. Mix the ingredients together with a fork and then set aside.

Line a cookie sheet with foil and lay your bacon slices parallel to one another, careful not to have any slices overlap.

Baking Bacon with maple syrup

Pour a cup of maple syrup in a small bowl. Generously brush all of the slices of bacon with syrup. After all of the bacon has been brushed, liberally cover the bacon with your dry ingredients.

Bacon covered with maple syrup, brown sugar, and rosemary

Baking Bacon in Your Smoker

People don’t realize just how versatile a Traeger is… I love my Traeger because I can literally make anything that can be made in the oven, in the Traeger!

Get your smoker rolling, and get the temp up to 225 degrees. Put the pan of bacon in the smoker, and let it cook for one hour.

After an hour remove the pan from the smoker and flip each of the slices of bacon. Sprinkle the remaining dry ingredients on the bacon, and put the pan back in for another hour.

After two hours your bacon should be starting to firm up. It’s not going to look like traditional crispy bacon, and that’s ok! At this point, some of the bacon may start to brown up. You can remove this bacon from the pan and put it on a cooling rack over paper towels. I dare you not to taste test 🙂

Once the bacon has cooked for two hours and thirty minutes, remove the pan from the smoker, and place all of the slices on the cooling rack. Once they have cooled they will firm up.

Rosemary Candied Bacon - Baking Bacon in the smoker

Take a few bites, and then invite your friends and family in to enjoy the rest.

This is the best bacon you’ve ever made.

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rosemary candied bacon

This rosemary candied bacon only requires a few ingredients, and is really easy to prepare!
Author Nick

Ingredients

  • one pound of thick sliced bacon
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp of black pepper
  • tbsp of kosher salt
  • cup of maple syrup

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine 2 cups of brown sugar, a 1/4 cup of fresh rosemary, 2 tbsp of black pepper, and a tbsp of kosher salt. Mix the ingredients together with a fork and then set aside.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with foil and lay your bacon slices parallel to one another, careful not to have any slices overlap.
  3. Pour a cup of maple syrup in a small bowl.
  4. Generously brush all of the slices of bacon with syrup. After all of the bacon has been brushed, liberally cover the bacon with your dry ingredients.
    Baking Bacon with maple syrup
  5. Get your smoker rolling, and get the temp up to 225 degrees. Put the pan of bacon in the smoker, and let it cook for one hour.
    Bacon covered with maple syrup, brown sugar, and rosemary
  6. After an hour remove the pan from the smoker and flip each of the slices of bacon. Sprinkle the remaining dry ingredients on the bacon, and put the pan back in for another hour.
  7. After two hours your bacon should be starting to firm up. It's not going to look like traditional crispy bacon, and that's ok! At this point, some of the bacon may start to brown up. You can remove this bacon from the pan and put it on a cooling rack over paper towels. I dare you not to taste test 🙂
  8. Once the bacon has cooked for two hours and thirty minutes, remove the pan from the smoker, and place all of the slices on the cooling rack. Once they have cooled they will firm up.

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