candied bacon roses
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Candied Bacon Roses

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 1 person


  • 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!