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Bacon Roses in the Air Fryer

While flowers are a classic way to show you care, there’s no better gift than bacon! Why not combine the two popular presents into one delicious treat this Valentine’s Day? With this easy recipe for candied bacon roses, you can prepare a beautiful bouquet in a matter of minutes! Just use your air fryer to whip up these sweet and salty treats for that special bacon lover in your life.

While flowers are a classic way to show you care, there’s no better gift than bacon! Why not combine the two popular presents into one delicious treat this Valentine’s Day? With this easy recipe for candied bacon roses, you can prepare a beautiful bouquet in a matter of minutes! Just use your air fryer to whip up these sweet and salty treats for that special bacon lover in your life. 

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What Do I Need to Bacon Roses?

The combination of salty bacon and a sweet candy coating make this easy recipe a delicious treat any time of year. But when you turn your candied bacon into a beautiful bouquet of roses, you have an amazing gift that anyone would love to receive for Valentine’s Day. To make your own bacon roses, you’ll need:

Ingredients for bacon roses.

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How Do I Make Bacon Roses in the Air Fryer?

Using your air fryer to cook these candied bacon roses is a quick and easy way to speed up the cooking process. And since these roses can be made in just four steps, they’re a simple gift to give just about anyone you love!

Step One: Season the Bacon

To create a candy coating on your bacon roses, the first step is to season each strip of bacon. Start by spreading a coating of brown sugar on each piece of bacon. Then, combine the remaining brown sugar, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the top of each slice of bacon.

Seasoning mixture

Step Two: Roll the Bacon Roses

When each piece of bacon is well seasoned, roll it into a rosebud by rolling the strip of bacon from one end to the other. Hold the rosebud upright and stick two toothpicks through the bottom of the bud, placing each stick perpendicular to each other.

Raw bacon with brown sugar sprinkled on it.

Step Three: Cook the Bacon Roses

Place each bacon rose in the basket of the air fryer, making sure they don’t touch each other. Cook the bacon at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Continue cooking the bacon in batches until all the slices have been cooked. After the bacon is finished cooking, remove it from the basket and allow it to cool.

Cooked bacon roses in air fryer basket.

Step Four: Create a Bacon Bouquet

After giving the bacon rose buds time to cool completely, remove the toothpicks from the bottom of each piece. Carefully place each bacon rose on the tip of a faux rose stem, and arrange the stems in a vase.

Candied bacon rose bouquet.

How to Prepare Flower Stems for Bacon Roses

Using the stems from faux roses is a great way to make the bacon flowers in your bouquet look more realistic. But who wants to eat bacon off of a dirty flower stem? That’s why it’s important to take the time to clean the stems before attaching your bacon rosebuds.

Luckily, it’s easy to prep the flower stems for your bacon bouquet! Just follow these simple steps for cleaning and drying your faux flower stems:

  • Remove the flowers. The first step is to take the flowers off the top of the stem. Most faux flowers will easily pop off the top of the stems. You can throw the flowers away or save them for another craft project.
  • Wash the stems. Fill your sink halfway full with hot water and add a few drops of dish soap. Place the flower stems in the hot water and allow them to soak for a few minutes. Then, use your fingers or a washcloth to scrub the end of each stem where the bacon will attach. 
  • Rinse the stems. Once you’re sure the stems are clean, remove them from the soapy water and rinse them with clean water. When all the soap has been removed lightly shake the flower stems to remove the excess water and lay them on a kitchen towel.
  • Allow the flower stems to air dry. Place all the stems in an even layer on the towel. Place another towel on top of the stems to soak up any extra water. Then, allow the stems to air dry completely.

Closeup of candied bacon rose on stem.

Can I Make Bacon Roses in the Oven?

Using your air fryer to cook your bacon roses is a quick and mess-free way to prepare your own bouquet at home. But if you don’t have an air fryer, you may be wondering if you can make bacon roses in the oven instead. The good news is that you can easily adjust this recipe to be made in the oven instead of the air fryer!

Prepare the bacon roses as outlined in the recipe. Instead of putting the rolled-up bacon in the air fryer basket, place each bacon rose on a foil-lined baking sheet. Make sure to place the roses upright so the end with the toothpicks is resting on the baking sheet.

Bake the roses at 375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, until the bacon is crispy. Then, transfer the cooked roses to a paper-towel lined plate to drain the extra grease. When the roses are cooled, you can place them on the stems to create your bouquet.

Overhead view of candied bacon bouquet.

Bacon Roses in the Air Fryer

While flowers are a classic way to show you care, there’s no better gift than bacon! Why not combine the two popular presents into one delicious treat this Valentine’s Day? With this easy recipe for candied bacon roses, you can prepare a beautiful bouquet in a matter of minutes! Just use your air fryer to whip up these sweet and salty treats for that special bacon lover in your life.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon Roses
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 roses
Calories: 144kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Season the Bacon: To create a candy coating on your bacon roses, the first step is to season each strip of bacon. Start by spreading a coating of light brown sugar on each piece of bacon. Then, combine the dark brown sugar, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the top of each slice of bacon.
  • Roll the Bacon Roses: When each piece of bacon is well seasoned, roll it into a rosebud by rolling the strip of bacon from one end to the other. Hold the rosebud upright and stick two toothpicks through the bottom of the bud, placing each stick perpendicular to each other.
  • Cook the Bacon Roses: Place each bacon rose in the basket of the air fryer, making sure they don’t touch each other. Cook the bacon at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Continue cooking the bacon in batches until all the slices have been cooked. After the bacon is finished cooking, remove it from the basket and allow it to cool.
  • Create a Bacon Bouquet: After giving the bacon rose buds time to cool completely, remove the toothpicks from the bottom of each piece. Carefully place each bacon rose on the tip of a faux rose stem, and arrange the stems in a vase.

Nutrition

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 67IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)
Recipe Rating




Connie

Saturday 12th of February 2022

Can you serve them cold

angela @marathonsandmotivation

Monday 14th of February 2022

Yes, absolutely!

Kayla

Monday 7th of February 2022

These seem easy enough! I’m deff going to attempt to make these in the air fryer on v-day for my man

Renee Goerger

Thursday 6th of January 2022

These are so stinking cute!! I can't wait to surprise my husband this Valentine's Day!