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Five-Spice Millionaire’s Bacon

Scott Phillips

Servings: 6 to 8

Inspired by the candied “millionaire’s bacon” at San Francisco’s Sweet Maple restaurant, this version has even deeper flavor, thanks to soy sauce and Chinese five-spice powder. It’s like spicy bacon candy, great for breakfast, as an appetizer, chopped into a salad, or even sprinkled over ice cream.


  • 1 lb. thick-cut bacon
  • 1 Tbs. lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 210
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 70
  • Fat (g): 8
  • Saturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 20
  • Sodium (mg): 510
  • Carbohydrates (g): 28
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 7


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F.
  • Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a rack over the foil. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on the rack, leaving no space between the slices.
  • In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce and five-spice powder, and then brush the mixture over the bacon.
  • In another small bowl, combine the brown sugar and red pepper flakes. Evenly sprinkle the mixture over the bacon, covering each slice completely.
  • Bake, rotating the sheet halfway through, until the sugar is melted and the bacon is brown and shiny, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool on the rack for about 5 minutes, then loosen the slices from the rack with a metal spatula. Continue to cool for another 5 minutes before serving; the bacon will crisp as it cools.


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Reviews (5 reviews)

  • audrey1414 | 04/22/2019

    Made this as part of an Easter dinner meat and cheese platter. It was really good and really popular. I think next time I might turn the temp down just a tad, maybe 350, so it can cook just a bit longer to get the middle crisp without burning on the edges.

  • smile4maryc123 | 04/01/2018

    Loved this recipe!

    We only cooked for 25 minutes. Awesome!!!

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