Pig Candy aka Brown Sugar Bacon

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"From the Gooseberry Patches cookbook "Homestyle In A Hurry" this delicious breakfast side will have you wanting to wake up early!!!! All that sweet, salty, sticky goodness, it's like pork heaven! Great with eggs, pancakes, waffles. Just about anything! Just double the recipe for a full pound of bacon. Note: If using thick cut peppered bacon, omit the pepper in this recipe. "

Original recipe yields 3 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (136.4 g)
  • Calories 521.7
  • Total Fat - 31.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 109.8 mg
  • Sodium - 2562 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 26.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.2 g
  • Sugars - 10.8 g
  • Protein - 33.2 g
  • Calcium - 26.9 mg
  • Iron - 2.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F .

Step 2

Mix brown sugar, cayenne, and black pepper together in a medium bowl. Add bacon and toss.

Step 3

Line a baking sheet with a wire rack, and lay bacon on the rack.

Step 4

Pat any remanding spice mixture on the bacon.

Step 5

Put the baking sheet on the top rack of the oven and bake until crisp, about 15 minutes.

Step 6

Remove from the oven to a serving dish, and let cool slightly before serving.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I can't tell you how many times I've made this over the winter. It's so delicious! Love all the flavors together, and the crunch of the bacon. I especially love it with the thick cut bacon, but I've used regular bacon too, and it works just fine!

review by:
(6 May 2019)


OMGosh this is extra good bacon! We got it really crispy and it was sweet and yet had a little spice that popped into your mouth while you ate it. It doesn't take any longer than plain bacon to make so we will make this when we want bacon. It's really delicious as a side to anything for breakfast!

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(30 Jan 2013)


Well, I have to say we made pigs out of ourselves eating this bacon along with a Mexican Omelette, your home fries and Sour Dough toast. It was a yummy breakfast that we both enjoyed very much. Looks like we will be having it again this weekend!

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(12 Sep 2012)


Fantastic! Love the sweet salty flavor of this, and it has a great chewy texture too! I followed the recipe omitting the cayenne, and when I checked it at 15 minutes it seemed like a lot of the coating had melted off of it, so I sprinkled a bit more brown sugar over the bacon and baked a while longer to my desired doneness. Made for the Billboard recipe tag game.

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(4 Sep 2012)


My wife wanted to try this and I am so glad we did. Believe it or not we cooked these little babies on the grill on a cookie sheet and ate our breakfast outside. It worked like a charm and the kids got the biggest kick out of cooking breakfast on the grill. Just be careful to watch the temp and check the bacon often. Delicious results on this one!

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(20 Aug 2012)


Delicious sweet & spicy hot bacon! Quite addictive too! Made for Billboard tag!

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(1 Aug 2012)