Candied Bacon Bloody Mary

May 5, 2013

Hey friends. Welcome to the start of this sweet little project, just in time for the week of Mother’s Day called “Brunch Week.” A bunch of us bloggers got together to share our favorite brunch recipes. We figure, what Mom does not love brunch, right? Scratch that. What human being doesn’t like brunch?

Sleeping in and then being able to eat breakfast-ish food and drink cocktails? Sign me up any day!

One of my favorite all time go to brunch orders has to be a bloody Mary. I love the little kick of spice, plus it is basically like a meal in a glass. A while ago my brothers and our significant others went to an all-you-can drink bloody Mary bar. It cost ten dollars. They would give you the cup, the vodka, and the ice. You would take your cup and go to the bar to choose from straight up tomato juice along with fresh herbs and spices, different bloody Mary mixes, tons of olives, pickles, cheeses, and of course a big stick of celery.

For my Brunch Week contribution, I wanted to think of a better stirrer for a bloody. Enter candied bacon. I kind of hate celery. I really find no purpose for this vegetable. Sorry, I’m not sorry. It is basically water. Candied bacon cooks up crisp and sturdy. It adds the perfect calming sweetness after a spicy sip of the bloody Mary.

If you are looking for something special to do for the Mom in your life, build her your own bloody Mary bar. I had a friend over and we enjoyed this idea thoroughly. We called it Tuesday, Bloody Tuesday. It was Spring Break and we wanted to day drink. I set up some vodkas and gins, bloody Mary mix, ice, pickles, olives, celery (just in case you have some lovers of celery on hand), pepperoncini, and of course a nice nut blend to diffuse some of the booze.

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Today’s Brunch Recipes From Participating BrunchWeekers


Hot Maple Walnut Coffee Float by Coook the Story

Blood Orange Mimosas by Love and Confections

Strawberry Mimosa by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

Margarita for Mama by poet in the pantry


Breakfast Won Ton Cups by Small Wallet Big Appetite

Meat Lover’s Quiche by Savory Sweet Eats

Chorizo and Garlic Frittata by {i love} my disorganized life

Meat, Poultry and Fish

Candied Bacon by Cravings of a Lunatic

Shrimp-Grapefruit Orchid Stirfry by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Savory Treats

Hollandaise Sauce by Kokocooks

Tomato Basil Macarons by Vanilla Lemonade

Breads, Grains, Cereals and Pancake-type Yums

Apple Cinnamon Crepes by Sweet Remedy

Grain-free Apple Walnut Pancakes by Seasonal and Savory


Biscoff Coffee Cake Muffins by White Lights on Wednesday

Bob’s Scottish Oat n’ Walnut Sticky Scones by The Vintage Cook

Candied Bacon Bloody Mary

Crisp, slightly sweet and slightly spicy bacon stirrers for a Bloody Mary bar.
Course Beverage
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 -12
Author Sarcastic Cooking


  • For the Bacon:
  • 12 Strips of Thick Cut Bacon
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar tightly packed
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • Pinch of Salt and Pepper
  • For the Bloody Mary Bar:
  • Ice
  • Vodka
  • Bloody Mary Mix
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Celery
  • Lemons
  • Pepperoncini
  • Toothpicks


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line one to two large baking sheets with foil. Arrange the slices of bacon on the foil lined sheets about an inch apart.
  3. Mix together the brown sugar, chili powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture on top of each slice of bacon. It is alright if the seasoning mixture doesn't cover the bacon completely.
  4. Bake the bacon in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until crisp.
  5. Let bacon cool for a few minutes before transferring to a plate or piece of tin foil to finish cooling. Once completely cooled the bacon will be a sturdy stirrer for the bloody Mary.
  6. Arrange glasses, ice, bloody Mary Mix, vodka, condiments, and candied bacon out on a table. Enjoy right away!

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  • Greg
    May 8, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I make something similar called Pig Candy. I coat thick sliced bacon with a mixture of brown sugar and cayenne pepper and then smoke for a couple of hours over low heat using pecan wood.

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantry
    May 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    What a really neat idea! I already love candied bacon… this might just get me to try a Bloody Mary now!

  • The Mrs @ Kitchen Doesn't Travel
    May 7, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    You know, I’ve never been a fan of Blood Mary’s but…you add candied bacon and you just might make a believer out of me!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    May 7, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I had to do a double take. Candied bacon? Sign me up. Sleeping in late and eating all the delicious food I want? Heck yes!

  • ashley - baker by nature
    May 6, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Candied bacon and bloody mary’s?! I LOVE you. The end.

  • Wendy @ AMFT
    May 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I soooo wish we were neighbors right now! 😉 This sounds delish….well, truth be told, I’d probably eat anything with bacon.

  • Sadye
    May 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    So glad there are other celery haters out here. What is the point, indeed?

  • Susan
    May 6, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Yes and yes. Was just at a bar on Saturday night that a bacon bloody mary on the menu, my friends and I looked at each and said we are coming back for brunch! Pretty much the perfect combination.

  • Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)
    May 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Yum! I’m juuust starting to get into bloody mary’s.

  • katie
    May 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Oh love everything about this bloody mary! I’m a big fan of throwing a piece of bacon in a bloody mary! Great recipe!

  • Kim Beaulieu
    May 5, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Great recipe, I love the first photo. It’s so tempting, I just want to run in my kitchen and whip up a drink.

  • Suzanne
    May 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Until today’s tweetchat, I had never heard of bacon in a bloody mary. That definitely sounds better than a stalk of celery.

  • Angela
    May 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    That’s like all of my favorite food groups, right there in one glass.

  • Miss Messy
    May 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Wow this looks amazing 🙂

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    May 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Amen on celery. Bacon is always > vegetables. Haha.

  • Gail
    May 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Love this bloody mary so good.

  • Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite
    May 5, 2013 at 11:32 am

    You know I have never tried a bloody mary before. I don’t know why I do love tomato juice and I love vodka so I am sure it would be good.

  • Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life
    May 5, 2013 at 10:43 am

    This is one Bloody Mary I would absolutely love! Happy #BrunchWeek!

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    May 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Candied Bacon! You are my new best friend.

  • Christine (Cook the Story)
    May 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

    OMG! I love the idea of a Bloody Mary Bar. I am totally doing this. Soon!!! And the candied bacon will be there for sure. Happy #BrunchWeek!

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    The Candied Bacon looks like an amazing addition to the Bloody Mary. Happy Brunching! Cheers

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    Thank you! This looks so amazing…it’s one of the recipes I was most looking forward to reading this morning. Well, this whole week, actually. Nice job. Loving #BrunchWeek!

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