If there was ever a perfectly simple bacon appetizer that guests will love to grab, it’s this one! Caramelized bacon skewers are so easy to make, and so incredibly delicious to eat. It’s hard to stop at just one – I dare you to try!

These little caramel bacon bites are everything you want them to be… sweet, smoky, salty and perfectly crisp and chewy. They are the ultimate finger food for the holidays, game days and beyond.

Caramelized bacon skewers on a white platter.
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You know I love sharing easy, fun new recipes with you. But I’m not going to lie, my favorite part is all the taste testing! In fact, these caramelized bacon skewers were hard to put away and save for later when I photographed them recently. The temptation was real!

The texture and flavor combination of these is just hard to beat. You get all the best parts of bacon in a hand-held format all your guests will clamor over. And yes, there’s real caramel included in this recipe. Does it get any better than that?

Perfectly sweet and salty, combined with chewy and crispy texture in each bite… now I’m craving them all over again! Let’s make this little bacon appetizer together, shall we?

Why You’ll Love Caramelized Bacon Skewers

  • So Easy to Make
  • A Huge Crowd Pleaser
  • Perfect for Holiday Parties
  • Great on Game Day

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Caramelized bacon skewers on a white platter.

Ingredients and Substitutions to Make this Bacon Appetizer

You’ll need aluminum foil and wood skewers, soaked in water for around 30 minutes.

  • Bacon – Use your favorite kind of bacon, but keep in mind that the thicker slices will take longer to cook.
  • Unsalted Butter – Melted.
  • Brown Sugar -Packed dark or light brown sugar.
  • Light Corn Syrup – This helps create the sweet, thick caramel sauce.
  • Heavy Cream – Heavy whipping cream creates the creamiest caramel sauce.
  • Vanilla Extract – For a touch of fragrance and flavor. Learn how to make your own homemade vanilla extract here.
  • Sea Salt – For a salty balance to the sweet caramel flavors.
bacon on a white platter, with ingredients to caramelize

Variations

  • Try a unique flavored bacon to enhance these skewers.
  • Add a layer of spice with a sprinkling of chili powder.

How to Make These Bacon Skewers

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. 
  2. Line jellyroll pan with foil. Coat wire rack with non-stick spray or butter and place on top. Soak skewers. Wooden skewers soaking in water in a white baking pan
  3. Wrap bacon around skewers or skew onto skewers like an accordion and place on wire rack. Caramel bacon on skewers, laid out on a baking sheet
  4. Bake 15 minutes. Caramel bacon on skewers, laid out on a baking sheet in the oven
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat, melt butter.
  6. Add brown sugar and corn syrup. Whisk until bubby and sugar has dissolved. Caramel sauce in a pan, with a whisk
  7. Whisk in heavy cream and vanilla. Remove from heat.
  8. Remove bacon from the oven and brush with caramel glaze. Return to oven and bake 5 minutes. Caramel bacon on skewers, laid out on a baking sheet
  9. Remove from oven, sprinkle with sea salt and serve.
Caramel bacon on skewers, laid out on a baking sheet

If you don’t have a wire rack, use your cookie cooling rack like I did!

Tips

  • Spray wire rack to help prevent sticking. My favorite release spray works beautifully for this! 
  • Depending on how “done” you like your bacon, watch these carefully if you’d like a crispier finish. Turn and bake up to 20 minutes to crisp them further, prior to adding the caramel sauce.

Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – These caramelized bacon skewers can sit out for up to two hours while serving.
  • Refrigerate – In an airtight container for up to four days after serving.
  • Freezer – You can freeze these bacon skewers in an airtight container for up to three months.

More Bacon Inspiration

These bacon skewers are perfect for game day! Don’t miss my family favorite free printable Super Bowl Bingo cards, too.

Nutritional Considerations

  • Nut Free
  • Gluten Free

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Caramelized bacon skewers on a white platter.

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Caramelized bacon skewers on a white platter
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Caramelized Bacon Skewers

If there was ever a perfectly simple bacon appetizer that guests will love to grab, it's this one! Caramelized bacon skewers are so easy to make, and so incredibly delicious to eat.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients  

  • 16 ounces bacon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt thick flakes

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400F. Soak wooden skewers in water for up to 30 minutes.
  • Line jellyroll pan with foil. Coat wire rack with non-stick spray or butter and place on top.
  • Wrap bacon around skewers or skew onto skewers like an accordion and place on wire rack.
  • Bake 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat, melt butter.
  • Add brown sugar and corn syrup. Whisk until bubby and sugar has dissolved.
  • Whisk in heavy cream and vanilla. Remove from heat.
  • Remove bacon from the oven and brush with caramel glaze. Return to oven and bake 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle with sea salt and serve.

Julie’s Tips

  • Spray wire rack to help prevent sticking.
  • Don’t forget to line your baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up! 
  • Depending on how “done” you like your bacon, watch these carefully if you’d like a crispier finish. Turn and bake up to 20 minutes to crisp them further, prior to adding the caramel sauce.
Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 526mg | Potassium: 126mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

Equipment

wire rack
wooden skewers
aluminum foil for easy clean up

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