Just what is a Pig-Nut? As a point of reference you could consider the Pig-Nut to be a distant cousin of the unfortunately misnamed "Burnt Peanut"; though neither is burnt, and as we mentioned, Pig-Nuts are made with BACON!
To a degree it goes without saying that bacon is one of God's greatest creations. I know there are some who would argue against this, and quite frankly I'm not going to try to convince them otherwise because that would just inflate the demand.
Step 1: Gather the Hardware and Software
16oz. Shelled Pecans Halves *1
12oz. package thin-sliced uncooked Bacon (Be careful, sometimes bacon packages contain 16oz) *2
1 Large room temperature egg (we'll only need the white)
2tsp. Maple Syrup (or Maple-flavor Syrup)
2tsp. Cold water
3/4C. White Granulated Sugar
1/4C. Light Brown Sugar
2tsp. Ground Cinnamon (Reduce to 1tsp. if fresh-ground)
Butter flavored cooking spray
1/2tsp. Bacon Salt (TM) *3
OPTIONAL 1/2tsp. Dried Red Pepper Flakes
Gather the Hardware
Chef's knife and cutting board, or food processor
2 Large mixing bowls
Whisk or fork
Measuring cups and spoons
* Step 1 Notes:
1. Unroasted, unsalted pecans are best, but if salted is all that's available, use low-sodium bacon.
2. We tested several precooked and shelf-stable bacon products and the results were sub-par. Cook your own bacon for best results.
3. Bacon Salt is available in the seasoning section of many grocery stores. Be careful to select a simple bacon flavor such as Original, Maple, or even Peppered. Cheddar Cheese Bacon Salt is good, but not on Pig Nuts.