Bacon Smothered Carrots

Bacon Smothered Carrots –the only way to eat carrots! Sliced carrots baked in bacon, brown sugar, butter, soy sauce, and garlic. Everybody gets seconds. SO good!! This is a great side for holiday meals, potlucks, family dinners, and cookouts. Everyone asks for the recipe! Super easy to make and they taste amazing.

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Baked Carrots with Bacon

These Bacon Smothered Carrots are the best carrots EVER! We served these with our holiday dinner and everyone raved about them! Tender carrots baked in brown sugar sauce, and bacon. I mean, what’s not to love?!?!?! I could honestly make a meal out of just these delicious carrots! This makes a lot of food. It is the perfect side dish for potlucks, cookouts, and your upcoming holiday meal. Add these to your menu. You won’t be disappointed.

baking dish of bacon smothered carrots

How to Make the Brown Sugar Carrots

This is such an easy recipe to make with only a few simple ingredients. Peel raw carrots and slice them into 1/4-inch pieces. Place carrots on the bottom of a 9x-13-inch baking dish. In a large skillet, cook a pound of bacon over medium-high heat until crispy. Remove bacon from skillet and drain on paper towels. Chop bacon and sprinkle it over the carrots. In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, melted butter, brown sugar, and garlic. Season with salt and black pepper, if desired. Pour brown sugar mixture over the carrots and bacon and bake.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can substitute turkey bacon.
  • I suggest using low-sodium soy sauce.
  • The cooking time will vary depending on how thick you cut your carrot slices.
    • Thicker slices will take longer to get tender.
    • If using pre-sliced carrots or baby carrots you will need to increase the cooking. Pre-sliced carrots and baby carrots are dryer and harder than regular carrots.
    • I sliced my carrots with a crinkle cut knife.
  • Can add a splash of real maple syrup for some extra flavor.
  • Can I make Bacon Smothered Carrots in the slow cooker? Yes, place all of the ingredients into a crockpot. Cook on low or high until the carrots are tender. Perfect for the hectic holiday season when you are low on oven space or busy weeknights!
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
scooping bacon covered carrots from baking dish

What to Serve with Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots and Bacon

This easy carrot side dish has quickly become one of our favorite side dishes. It is really the only way we like to eat carrots. I mean, carrots and bacon and brown sugar – what’s not to love? We like to serve these carrots with a baked chicken breast, roast pork loin, pork chops, and, of course, HAM! They will definitely be on our upcoming Easter holiday dinner along with our favorite green beans and scalloped potatoes. This easy side dish recipe is also great for summer cookouts and potlucks. One bite and you will agree that this is the best way to make carrots!

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spoonful of bacon and carrots

Bacon Smothered Carrots

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Smothered Carrots –the only way to eat carrots! Sliced carrots baked in bacon, brown sugar, butter, soy sauce, and garlic. Everybody gets seconds. SO good!! Great for a potluck. Everyone asks for the recipe! Super easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 3 -lb carrots, peeled and sliced into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 -lb bacon
  • cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • tsp garlic powder

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  • Pour sliced fresh carrots in an ungreased 9×13-inch pan.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until almost done but not too crispy. Remove from skillet, drain on paper towel and chop. Sprinkle cooked bacon on top of carrot chips.
  • Whisk together brown sugar, melted butter, soy sauce, and garlic powder. Pour over carrot chips.
  • Bake uncovered for 40 minutes.

Notes:

  • Can substitute turkey bacon.
  • I suggest using low-sodium soy sauce.
  • The cooking time will vary depending on how thick you cut your carrot slices.
  • Thicker slices will take longer to get tender.
    • If using pre-sliced carrots or baby carrots you will need to increase the cooking. Pre-sliced carrots and baby carrots are dryer and harder than regular carrots.
    • I sliced my carrots with a crinkle cut knife.
  • Can add a splash of real maple syrup for some extra flavor.
  • Can I make Bacon Smothered Carrots in the slow cooker? Yes, place all of the ingredients into a crockpot. Cook on low or high until the carrots are tender. Perfect for the hectic holiday season when you are low on oven space or busy weeknights!
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Steph

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Comments

  1. These were really great, everyone loved them. However, I made them for two different family dinners, the first time the carrots were still rock hard after 40 mins in the oven at 350…added 10 more mins and still hard… and then had to microwave them… second time, I boiled them for 15 mins first and then only baked for a few mins to warm everything up – much better the second time!

    1. I haven’t made this in the crockpot, so I can not say with certainty. I would start with a few hours and check the tenderness of the carrots.

  2. I can hardly wait to have the Holidays with family to fix carrots for everyone. The recipe sounds very delicious. thank you

  3. Oh, YUM! I love carrots and I’ve got some carrots that are sorely in need of using. Thank you Stephanie for sharing this recipe.

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