posted February 11, 2020
Candied Bacon Roses
Candied Bacon Roses are a sweet and savory way to show somebody that you really care. Not only are these easy, but they’re delicious too! Simply scroll below for a simple recipe and video to walk you through the process of how to make your own bacon roses for that special someone!
Bacon roses are the ultimate gift for your significant other on Valentine’s Day (or any day you want to tell your BBQ lover that you care about them. They’re super simple to make; all you need is some thick cut bacon, sweet rub, and brown sugar.
When selecting your bacon for these roses, 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. If you have some extra time, you can 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.
Bacon Rose Bouquet
These bacon roses are all about presentation, and they look incredible when placed in a bouquet. This next step takes an extra bit of planning, but it’ll be worth if for the final result.
When looking to purchase stems for this bacon rose bouquet, the easiest thing to do is head to the dollar store to pick up fake roses. If you want an easier option, you can also order fake roses online.
Before purchasing the fake flowers, separate the leaves so you can see how they are attached. You definitely want a bouquet that has a stem that sticks out a little to support your roses and high green sides at the base to keep your bacon in place. When you get home, pull off and throw away all of the petals, but leave that green base and the center stem.
How to Make Bacon Roses
Once you have your bacon selected and ready to go, and you’ve purchased your fake stems, you’re ready to make the bacon roses! Follow these three steps outlined below to make this delicious bouquet. For more assistance, scroll below to the video in the recipe card.
- Shape the bacon into roses. Lay out a slice of your bacon. Sprinkle liberally with brown sugar and a pinch of my Homemade Sweet Rub. This adds a nice depth of flavor. 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.
- Cook 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.
- Assemble the 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 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.
More Bacon Recipes
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Bacon Roses Recipe
Watch the video below and I’ll show you how I make these roses at home. I’m here to help you make better BBQ, feed the people you love, and become a backyard BBQ hero. Check out more of my smoking and grilling recipe videos on YouTube, Instagram, or our Facebook Page.
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!
**This post was originally published February 2018. We recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.
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