Pig Candy




Have you ever wanted bacon and candy but you just couldn't make up your mind. Well, now you can have both! Pig Candy is a great treat that will impress your friends and make your neighbors jealous.

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

Before you do anything make sure the pan you are going to use will fit on your smoker. As you can see in the picture below I had to bend the corners of the foil grill cover I got at the dollar store so it would fit my smoker.

Step 2: Adding the Bacon

Place strips of thick cut bacon on the pan. I was able to get 11 strips on the pan I used.

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

This is best cooked on a smoker but it can be done on a grill if you are careful.

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

While the bacon is cooking for the first 20 minutes you will want to 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

After 20 minutes flip the bacon.

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

After the second 20 minutes the Pig Candy is now ready to enjoy.

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.

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    72 Discussions

    The cloud 1808

    3 years ago

    bacon is candy by it self many people will agree sorry but u will try it


    4 years ago on Step 6

    So simple, yet deadly ! I must try this. Thanks.


    *cleans the drool off his keyboard*

    I will make this as soon as I can get my hands on some bacon!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I added a comment on "How To Make Chicken Fried Bacon
    by Doggie Stylish" on dredging bacon in flour with a bit of sugar and cooking this way.

    We have a recipe for spiced almonds which is very similar to this recipe for Bacon Candy. It's done in a fry pan with brown sugar, coriander and hot pepper flakes. With that recipe you melt most of the sugar in the pan, add the nuts, and when ready, sprinkle on the spices with a bit of sugar mixed in. This recipe should be good!

    marky c

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I have made this several times with just brown sugar and bacon. So easy and sooo good. The stuff just disappears from the plate. I have been wanting to add peanuts or cashews to make it like a bacon peanut brittle. mmmm

    1 reply

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I add a little garlic, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, ground cloves, and ground red pepper...... really good!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    it reminds me of terriyaki . Put some spicy in it :D


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Delicious; try a sprinkle of cinnamon and clove (or just a tad of pumpkin pie spice) in with the brown sugar first. It's sweet and tasty.

    Also works great on beef bacon.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Always give unused pork to your dog or hurl it at the nearest vegetarian, with a cry of 'Catch!'. That'll teach them not to have a sense of humour. -Simon Marchmont [Posh Nosh]

    Please don't give it to your dog, they really aren't suppose to eat that kind of stuff (rendered fats, raw bacon, etc) , but you can give it to me.  :)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I think it suffices to say that bacon is bacon. No need to further explain it's awesomeness.

    i lovvve bacon and eery one in my house is always talking down to me about likeing food hummmmma bacon


    9 years ago on Introduction

     I made it this (memorial day) weekend. To late I found out that I didn't have brown sugar so I replaced it with honey. It was gone in 5 minutes, what a bunch of pigs *grins* Thx for this great idea!