What you will need.
12oz thick cut bacon. About 11-12 pieces.
1/3 cup brown sugar.
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 BBQ foil pan with holes or a broiler pan. A cooling rack will also work.
Step 1: Fitting the Pan to Your Smoker
Step 2: Adding the Bacon
It's ok if the bacon is touching because it will shrink as it cooks. Just make sure it's not overlapped too much.
Step 3: Cooking the Bacon
You want the smoker temp to be between 325-350 degrees F. If you are using a water smoker do not add water to the water pan. Line the pan with foil to catch the drippings.
If you are using a grill place a foil pan under the cooking grate to catch the grease.
Place the pan of bacon on the smoker and cook for 20 minutes.
Add 1 handful of wood chips to the smoker. Since bacon is already smoked you do not need to add anymore wood chips ounce those burn out.
Step 4: Make the Topping
In a bowl combine the 1/3 cup of brown sugar and the 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper. I use a fork to make sure the topping is mixed well.
If you don't want it hot just reduce or omit the pepper.
Step 5: Flip the Bacon and Add the Topping
Add the topping to the bacon. Close the lid and cook for another 20 minutes.
Try to apply the topping evenly. Heavy spots will just taste like hardened brown sugar. You want the topping to melt and glaze the bacon.
Step 6: Finished Product
Remove the tray of Pig Candy from the smoker and let it rest for a few minutes. Enjoy immediately or store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Pig candy is best served as an appitizer and is good warm or cold. It's a hit at BBQs as well as Christmas parties.