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Bacon Twists in the Air Fryer

If you’re a bacon lover, you’re probably thinking that there is no better way to prepare your favorite salty meat than the traditional way. But once you try these bacon twists, you’ll never want to cook bacon any other way! With the help of your air fryer, you can prepare this easy viral recipe in three different flavors, making it perfect for a quick snack or a last-minute party!
Overhead view of crispy twisted bacon on a white plate.

If you’re a bacon lover, you’re probably thinking that there is no better way to prepare your favorite salty meat than the traditional way. But once you try these bacon twists, you’ll never want to cook bacon any other way! With the help of your air fryer, you can prepare this easy viral recipe in three different flavors, making it perfect for a quick snack or a last-minute party idea!
Air Fryer Bacon Twists

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What Do I Need to Make Bacon Twists?

These quick and easy treats can be made with just a handful of ingredients! And since you can prepare your bacon twists three different ways, you can change up the ingredients you use to create unique recipes every time you prepare them. To make twisted bacon three ways, you’ll need:

Bacon, brown sugar and spices.

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How Do I Make Bacon Twists?

Using your air fryer to make twisted bacon is one of the easiest ways to prepare this viral snack. On top of allowing you to prepare the bacon in a matter of minutes, the air fryer will contain the mess, resulting in easy clean-up, too! To make bacon twists in your air fryer, just follow these simple steps.

Step One: Pick Your Flavors

You can prepare these bacon twists three different ways: brown sugar, black pepper, or cayenne pepper. Once you decide how many flavors you want to try, divide your bacon up depending on the number of flavors you’ll be using.

 

Step Two: Twist the Bacon

Once you have your bacon separated, it’s time to start twisting. To make twisted bacon, lay one strip of bacon stretched across a pan or plate. Sprinkle the strip with your seasoning of choice and rub the seasoning into the bacon so it sticks. Holding one end of the bacon strip in place, twist the strip until it becomes a tight twist.

Brown sugar bacon twists

Step Three: Air Fry the Bacon Twists

Place each twisted strip of bacon in your air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. After the cook time is up, check the crispiness of your bacon and continue cooking if you prefer your bacon to be crispier. Continue cooking the bacon in batches until all the twists have been cooked. Allow the bacon to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Why Do People Twist Their Bacon?

Twisted bacon is a new TikTok trend. But if you’ve never tried cooking your bacon this way, you may be wondering what the fuss is all about! Twisted bacon isn’t just a fun way to serve this tasty meat, it also helps the bacon strips cook more evenly!

Giving your bacon strips a twist before cooking them allows the center of the bacon to hold in the bacon grease as it cooks. That means each bite of twisted bacon is tender, juicy, and packed with flavor.

Air fryer twisted bacon on white plate.

How Do You Store Bacon Twists?

I’d be surprised if you have any twists leftover after serving this delicious snack. But if you do have a few pieces left behind, you can store them how you store other cooked bacon. Just transfer the twists to an airtight container or storage bag and keep it in the refrigerator. When stored properly, your bacon will stay good for up to four days.

To reheat the twisted bacon, place it in the microwave for 30 seconds or in the air fryer for 2 to 3 minutes, until heated through.

What Type of Bacon is Best for Bacon Twists?

Any type of bacon will work for this easy recipe, but thick cut bacon seems to be the easiest to twist. When using thinly sliced bacon, make sure to watch it closely as it cooks to keep it from burning in your air fryer.

Brown sugar coated bacon twists on a white plate.

Can You Make Bacon Twists in the Oven?

Using your air fryer to prepare twisted bacon is quick and easy! But if you plan on making a big batch or just don’t have an air fryer at home, I have good news for you! This recipe can also be prepared in the oven.

Start by lining a baking dish with foil to make clean-up easier. Then, lay the twisted bacon pieces in an even layer on the sheet. Bake the strips at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, flipping the twists halfway through the cook time.

Twisted Bacon Flavor Ideas

The three different flavor variations I used are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to adding flavor to your own bacon twists! If you’re looking for new ways to flavor your bacon, consider these different seasoning and flavor options!

  • Maple syrup. Dip or brush real maple syrup over each strip of bacon before twisting it to add a sweet flavor to the salty snack.
  • Prepared spice mixes. Speed up the prep work of your bacon twists with the help of prepared spice mixes. There are so may different flavor combinations to chose from when you go this route, including BBQ seasoning, taco seasoning, Italian seasoning, Cajun or Creole seasoning blends, ranch mix, or seasoning salt.
  • BBQ sauce. Give your bacon twists a BBQ flavor with the help of your favorite BBQ sauce. Brush the sauce over the bacon strips before twisting them up.
  • Sweet and spicy. Combine the brown sugar (or maple syrup) with black or cayenne pepper to create a sweet and spicy blend for your bacon twists.

Overhead view of crispy twisted bacon on a white plate.

Overhead view of crispy twisted bacon on a white plate.

Twisted Bacom

If you’re a bacon lover, you’re probably thinking that there is no better way to prepare your favorite salty meat than the traditional way. But once you try these bacon twists, you’ll never want to cook bacon any other way! With the help of your air fryer, you can prepare this easy viral recipe in three different flavors, making it perfect for a quick snack or a last-minute party!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Air Fryer, American
Keyword: Bacon Twists
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 slices of bacon
Calories: 132kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Divide the bacon slices into however many slices you want per flavor. I did half brown sugar, 1/4 pepper, and 1/4 cayenne pepper.
  • To twist the bacon lay one strip of bacon stretched across a pan or plate. Sprinkle the strip with your seasoning of choice and rub the seasoning into the bacon so it sticks. Holding one end of the bacon strip in place, twist the strip until it becomes a tight twist. Note: Keep the sweet bacon separate from the spicy
  • Place each twisted strip of bacon in your air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. After the cook time is up, check the crispiness of your bacon and continue cooking if you prefer your bacon to be crispier. Continue cooking the bacon in batches until all the twists have been cooked.
  • Allow the bacon to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 0.05g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.2mg
5 from 3 votes
Recipe Rating




Shelagh

Sunday 14th of August 2022

Oops! Forgot to say I make the maple syrup version in my Magic Bullet!

Shelagh

Sunday 14th of August 2022

Delicious! I love it! I have a small Magic Bullet so have to cook in batches but so worth it!

Melanie J Graffius

Friday 12th of August 2022

Yummo - Bacon! Can't wait to try this!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kim

Friday 12th of August 2022

I never tried bacon like this! It looks really interesting. I have a 8qt gourmia air fryer