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These Curly Candied Bacon Skewers Are The Perfect Cocktail Garnish… and They Won’t Get Soggy!



Bacon is delicious! But nothing says gross like a soggy piece of bacon in your Bloody Mary. This garnish fixes that. It’s easy AND delicious, and will hang out just above your cocktail until you’re ready to munch without the soggy ew factor. 

Get a wood skewer long enough that it will have extra room above your drinks when sitting in the glass.  If you don’t have long enough skewers, use a short one and you can just lay the skewer across, not in the glass when you’re ready to serve!

Here’s how you make these! They’re super easy! Use all your bacon because you’re going to wish you had when you taste them! 

Brian Balthazar's Candied Curly Bacon Skewers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Category: Uncategorized

Cuisine: Party Condiments

Servings: 24

Brian Balthazar's Candied Curly Bacon Skewers


  • 1 package of bacon, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 24 wooden skewers


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Remove bacon from package and cut the bacon in half down the middle so they're half as long
  3. Take one slice of bacon and fold in half length wise, so the bacon is the same length, but now narrowed in width and thicker.
  4. Fold the bacon in an "S" pattern upon itself a couple of times and place at the top end of a wooden skewer.
  5. Place the bacon skewers on a baking rack set on a rimmed baking sheet.
  6. In a bowl combine sugar, brown sugar and cayenne pepper and stir.
  7. Sprinkle up to half of the spice mixture onto the bacon skewers while on the baking sheet.
  8. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn the bacon over and sprinkle more of the spice mixture on the other side of the bacon skewers.
  9. After forty minutes, remove from the over and flip the bacon skewers over again. If more spice mixture is needed, sprinkle a small amount on that side again. (Taste one first, it may be just enough!)

When done, other garnishes like olives and tomatoes can be added to these and popped right in your cocktail! Or, serve them just as they are!

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