Candied Bacon Roses are the sweetest (and most savory) way to show somebody that you really care. I’ve got a simple recipe and a video to walk you through the process of how to make candied bacon roses!
How to Make Candied Bacon Roses
Step 1: Picking your Bacon
Skip the thin sliced stuff and overly seasoned flavored bacon (peppered and maple are usually a no for this recipe) Find a nice thick cut, smoked bacon at the store, or if you’ve got a head start, make your own homemade bacon and slice it thick. Most people expect a dozen roses, so make sure you grab a pack of bacon that has at least 12 slices, I recommend 15 so that you have a couple extras to snack on for yourself before giving the rest away.
Step 2: Picking your Roses
I usually head to the dollar store to pick up my fake rose stems, but you can also order them online. When you’re looking, at the fake flowers, separate the leaves so you can see how they are attached. You definitely want roses that have a stem that sticks out a little to support your roses and high green sides at the base to keep your bacon roses in place. When you get home, pull off and throw away all of the leaves, but leave that green base and the center stem.
Step 3: Rolling your Bacon Roses
Lay out a slice of your bacon. Sprinkle liberally with brown sugar and a pinch of my Homemade Sweet Rub. This adds such a nice depth of flavor to the inside of the roses! Start at one side and roll the piece of bacon into itself to form a lovely rose. Secure the bacon with a longer toothpick and then insert a second toothpick on the opposite side to create a little “X” stand at the bottom of your rose to prevent them from tipping over while cooking.
Step 4: Cooking your Candied Bacon Roses
Cover a baking sheet with foil, and then set a flat cooling rack on top of the foil. This will catch all of the bacon fat and melting sugars from your candied roses. You can either bake in your oven, or if you want to add a little extra something magical, you can bake in your smoker over indirect heat. You need to be able to get and hold your smoker to 375 degrees F for 30-45 minutes to be able to render out the fat, cook the bacon through, and crisp the outside edges of the bacon.
Step 5: Assembling your Candied Bacon Roses
Once your bacon roses are fully cooked, let them cool completely and then remove the toothpicks from the roses. Set one bacon rose on each rose stem, nestled nicely into the green base with the stem poking up into the middle of the bacon rose for support. Make sure your fake rose stems are in a vase. Depending on how heavy your candied bacon roses are, you could have some leaning issues with your rose stems. I found placing them in a narrower vase really helped keep them upright.
Candied Bacon Roses Video
Candied Bacon Rose Recipe
Candied Bacon Roses
- 12 slices thick cut bacon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Homemade Sweet Rub link in recipe notes
- Preheat your oven or smoker to 375 degrees F.
- On a large cutting board, lay out one piece of bacon. Sprinkle liberally with the brown sugar and a pinch of the sweet rub. Starting at one end of the bacon, roll tightly until you form a rose shape. Secure the rose with 2 toothpicks, forming an "X" at the base. Repeat with all slices of bacon.
- Cover a baking sheet with foil. Place a flat cooling rack on top of the baking sheet. Space the rolled roses evenly on top of the cooling rack.
- Bake the candied bacon roses for 30-45 minutes, checking for doneness at 30 minutes. Most of the fat should be rendered, the roses should have tightened, and the edges will be nice and crisp.
- While your bacon roses are cooking, prepare your rose stems. Remove the petals from a dozen fake roses, but leave the plastic base under the petals. Press that green base down about 1 inch on the stem so that the stem can act as a support for your bacon roses. Place the stems in a vase and set aside.
- Remove the bacon roses from the oven or smoker and cool completely. Remove the toothpicks.
- Place each bacon rose onto one of the fake rose stems. Nestle the candied bacon rose down the stem and into the plastic rose base.
- Share with the person you love most!