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Bacon Skewers with Brown Sugar Glaze are a tasty appetizer that is sure to please any bacon lover!
These are a great treat to make for holiday entertaining. They are a salty/sweet combo that’s great as a hand held appetizer. Bacon skewers are perfect for serving at parties or at any meal where you want bacon (which is every meal, right?).
Growing up my mom would serve us bacon with pancakes and I would dip my bacon in some of the sweet syrup. I thought I was so innovative back then! Turns out that most everyone loves sweet flavors with their bacon too. These Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon Skewers bake up with a nice sweet crunch and are easy to eat right off the skewer. Everyone loves these because they not only taste great, but you don’t need to worry about getting your hands sticky.
I like to serve these at the holidays and so I thought adding a little kick with cinnamon and apple juice would be a nice addition. Just make sure to add a nice thick coating of the glaze because it’s so good! Bacon skewers can be served on a platter or put them upright in a cup or vase! I love the idea of a vase for serving because it leaves more room for other items on the table. Plus, who wouldn’t love bacon as a centerpiece?
First step to making Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon Skewers is to select the bacon. I use Oscar Mayer Bacon because of the great taste and quality they have. The cuts are hand trimmed which means that you get consistency throughout the package. Oscar Mayer bacon is sugar cured and naturally smoked with real Wisconsin hardwoods. The best part about Oscar Mayer bacon is that it cooks up perfectly every time which makes them great for these bacon skewers.
How to cook bacon on a stick?
You’ll need some wooden skewers. The kind with the pointed edge works the best for these because you’ll need to thread the bacon on it. If you’re worried about the pointed edge, or you’ll have little ones that will be eating them, just cut the sharp ends off with kitchen shears before baking. To thread the bacon on the skewer I suggest folding the bacon in half and then thread it on. The Oscar Mayer bacon should be original cut and not thick cut so that it cooks through. Also, make sure to spread the bacon on the skewer once you’ve threaded it so you won’t have parts that are undercooked.
These are so easy to whip up in no time! My older kids love to help make them with me too. My oldest loves to sew and so she’s great at threading the bacon on. I highly suggest making these in the oven because you can make a lot more at a time. Just be sure to cover the bottom of your pan with foil because the bacon grease and sugars can get stuck on the bottom of the pan.
The bacon gets nice and crispy at around 20 minutes in and comes out looking deliciously crispy. You’ll lose quite a bit of the brown sugar glaze because of the high heat. This is why it’s important to make sure to coat them well.
You’ll want to get a lot of that sweet flavor on these bacon skewers!
I also like to bake them on a metal grate so that the grease automatically falls to the bottom and the extra glaze also has a place to go. This isn’t necessary but I suggest it if you have one handy. My rack is actually a “cooling rack” but since it’s metal it works fine for the oven. Just make sure whatever you are using is oven safe.
The only problem you’ll have making these (which really isn’t a problem) is deciding how many you should make. They go fast and it’s one of those appetizers where every single one will be eaten! I suggest making two per person on average but more is always better. With all the holiday parties and entertaining opportunities coming up I know I will be making these often. Brown Sugar Bacon Skewers are always a crowd pleaser and something that my family requests often.
Of course you don’t need to have a party or guests to make these! Brown sugar bacon skewers are great to serve anytime you want that smoky, salty and sweet bacon flavor. We love to eat these for breakfast, brunch and what we like to call “brinner” (breakfast for dinner). That’s why I like to make sure I always have some Oscar Mayer Naturally Hardwood Smoked Center Cut Bacon available to use for those occasions.
What appetizers will you be making with Oscar Mayer bacon for the holidays this year?
Bacon Skewers with Brown Sugar Glaze
- 1 package Original Natural Hardwood Smoked Oscar Mayer Bacon
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. apple juice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line a lipped baking pan with foil (it's important that it is lipped) and put a metal rack on top if using one.
- n a small mixing bowl combine the brown sugar, apple juice and cinnamon. Set aside. The sugar will settle to become more liquid within a few minutes.
- Take the bacon from the package and thread the bacon onto the skewers. Set the bacon skewers evenly onto the foiled lined baking sheet. Take a spoon, fork or basting brush and spread a generous amount of the glaze on each side of the bacon skewers. Make sure to get each side so that the whole bacon skewer is covered.
- Place the baking sheet into the oven and cook for 20 minutes or until your bacon is cooked to your liking. 20 minutes should get them nice and crisped up.
- Take the bacon skewers out of the oven and let cool for a few minutes.
- Serve on a platter or my favorite... in a vase as a centerpiece. Enjoy!