Easy Bourbon Bacon Brittle

Easy Bourbon Bacon Brittle is a tasty, homemade, hostess gift or holiday gift idea! Brown sugar and salty bacon make the perfect combination!

We love having this homemade brittle around during the holidays or even on game days! Make a fun party dessert like this Cinnamon Toast Crunch Jello or these easy Sugared Prosecco Grapes!

Easy Bourbon Bacon Brittle is a bacon brittle recipe with a touch of bourbon

This Easy Bourbon Bacon Brittle Also Makes A Great Gift!

This brittle recipe is going to be perfect for the dessert table or to give as a holiday gift or hostess gift!

We’re getting in it. The holiday season has arrived and I couldn’t be more excited. Besides summer this is my favorite time of the year. Everyone seems to be in a great mood, feeling generous and in constant. party mode.

Well if you’re a friend of mine you know I’m always in party mode  – but even more so during the holidays.

One of the things I like to do most is give presents that have some real thought behind it or even something homemade like this Easy Bourbon Bacon Brittle.

Sure you can go ahead and grab a candle to bring to your friends’ Christmas party but I guarantee 15 minutes in the kitchen making this delicious brittle recipe and you’ll be on the top of the party list.

This easy brittle recipe is literally one of the easiest things I’ve ever made for dessert, too. just like the name says…easy.

From start to finish this brittle is on a sheet pan and cooling in just about 15 minutes. You do have to let it cool for about an hour before you crack it up but I know you’ve got other things to fill your time while you wait.

What Can You Add To Brittle Recipe?

Easy Bourbon Bacon Brittle is an easy dessert recipe with bacon

There’s a lot of different flavors that you can add to a basic brittle recipe. You can add alcohol, leave out the alcohol, switch out the bacon for – wait. No. You can not switch out the bacon.

The bacon stays.

Here’s some great swap out options:

  • Dried Cranberries
  • Pecans, walnuts or peanuts
  • Chocolate covered raisins or plain raisins
  • Dried or sweetened Coconut
Make this Easy Bourbon Bacon Brittle for dessert or for any party!

How Do You Make This Bacon Brittle?

Start out by melting butter in a heavy bottomed pot. Once the butter is melted add in brown sugar and maple syrup. To Make brittle, you’ll need a candy thermometer. They aren’t that expensive at all and if you buy one like I have that doubles as a fry thermometer you’re good to go.

Boil the butter and sugar mixture until it reaches 300 degrees, watch this carefully because it’ll be bubbling away at 200 and something and then all of the sudden it’ll be ready.

Easy Bourbon Bacon Brittle is a bourbon bacon brittle recipe that's done in 15 minutes

Now turn the heat off and add baking soda carefully, the mixture will bubble up so you have to add it and then start stirring.

So at this point you can add the bourbon, for this Easy Bourbon Bacon Brittle, and again, stir quickly because it will bubble up. Once the bourbon is in pour the mixture out onto a baking sheet that’s been sprayed with cooking spray.

Have all your add-ins ready because you need to get them on while the brittle is still hot so it sticks. Here’s where you can add the bacon as in this brittle recipe, or chopped nuts or raisins or any of your brittle add-ins that you like.

Let the brittle cool and harden for about an hour and then you can start breaking it apart into pieces. Add this bacon brittle to a bowl and place it out for guests to snack on, wrap it up in decorative paper or a pretty container to give as a gift – or just eat it.

Easy Bourbon Bacon Brittle is a brittle recipe that can be given as a gift for the holidays

This Easy Bourbon Bacon Brittle isn’t just for the holidays either! Think Father’s Day or Easter baskets or really anytime you want to give a homemade gift to someone!

We’ve gifted this brittle to friends for birthdays, weddings and even funerals. I mean, yes, there’s always a comforting casserole that you can bring to someone but those start to take over and that’s when something sweet is a nice option.

Easy Bourbon Bacon Brittle is a homemade gift idea for the holidays or any occasion

But don’t stop at just this bacon brittle! We have a lot of other homemade gift ideas that are perfect for all occasions!

Homemade Edible Gift Ideas:

Easy Bourbon Bacon Brittle is a brittle recipe that can be given as a gift for the holidays

Easy Bourbon Bacon Brittle

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pound 1x

This delicious bacon brittle recipe is perfect for giving as a hostess gift during the holidays or any gift giving occasion!



  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup real bacon bits or cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 1 ounce bourbon


  1. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Add the butter to a 2 quart, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat.
  3. Once the butter has melted, stir in the brown sugar and maple syrup.
  4. Bring this mixture to a boil, then let simmer for 10-15 minutes until a candy thermometer reads 300 degrees.
  5. Once the mixture is at 300 degrees, turn the heat off and carefully add the baking soda and stir. The mixture will bubble up when you add the baking soda so stir quickly.
  6. Next add the bourbon and stir quickly again.
  7. Pour onto the sprayed baking sheet and spread out into and even layer that’s about 1/4 inch thick.
  8. Add the bacon bits to the top of the brittle while it’s still warm.
  9. Let the brittle cool for about an hour, then break it apart into pieces.
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

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10 Responses
  1. Serena

    There is some confusion to your recipe. In the ingredient list it states baking soda. Which I believe would be correct. But in the directions it indicates baking powder (which I believe would be incorrect). Just saying…

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