Pig Candy Recipe

( modified by “unmarrieddaughter” from Sweet Potato Queen, and Alton Brown)


  • 1 lb. bacon medium cut
  • 2 Cups brown sugar (see note)
  • 1/8 tsp ground chili/Cayenne of some sort (optional)


  • cookie sheet
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Pam
  • Cooling rack that fits cookie sheet

Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil. spray cooling rack with Pam, put rack on top of cookie sheet. Put the bacon strips on the cooling rack, being careful not overlap the strips. turn on the oven to 400 degrees, put bacon in.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix together brown sugar and spice if using. Once oven reaches 400 degrees, remove bacon, and turn oven down to 350 degrees. spread brown sugar evenly over each bacon strip and place back in oven to back until bacon is brown and crisp. Let cool and eat.

Note: Pam and aluminum foil keep the caramel from ruining the pan.

Note 2: yes, you do want to use a cooling rack, as the bacon just sits in the fat if you don’t. If you don’t have a cooling rack, remove the bacon and let it drain on some paper towels.

Note 3: As alternatives to chili, any spice would work well.

Note 4. I also imagine this recipe as a method. If I were to experiment, and had maple syrup. I would just spread the maple syrup over the strips, coating each strip. Then, because I find maple syrup so much sweeter than sugar, I would probably add some sort of heat or spice like cayenne to cut the sweetness just a bit.

Oh, and pig candy is great crumbled up in this:

Pig Candy Caramel Sundae
1 cup of vanilla ice cream
Caramel Sauce
crumbled pig candy bits
Salted chopped peanuts

In a serving bowl place the ice cream. Drizzle sauce over the ice cream. sprinkle with pig candy bits and chopped peanuts. Eat.

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