Pig Candy Recipe

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This candied bacon combines meaty, salty flavor with the rich sweetness of caramelized sugar, and just a touch of spice.

Adapted from Patio Daddio BBQ.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 35 mins
Serves: 12 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and cayenne pepper.

  2. Lay bacon strips on a wire rack set inside a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle 2/3 of the brown sugar mixture on top of the bacon strips.

  3. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, set half the burners on a gas grill to medium-high heat, cover, and preheat for 10 minutes. Place entire baking sheet with bacon on grill rack, cover, and cook until sugar starts to caramelize and bacon begins to crisp around the edges, about 15 minutes.

  4. Brush bacon slices with maple syrup, flip, and brush second side with syrup. Sprinkle on remaining brown sugar mixture, cover, and continue to cook until bacon fully crisps, about 10 to 15 minutes more. Remove from grill, let cool, then serve.

Special equipment

Grill

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
223 Calories
13g Fat
13g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 223
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 639mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 213mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)