Pig Candy aka Brown Sugar Bacon
April 28, 2012
"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. "
- 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 by Step Method
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F .
Mix brown sugar, cayenne, and black pepper together in a medium bowl. Add bacon and toss.
Line a baking sheet with a wire rack, and lay bacon on the rack.
Pat any remanding spice mixture on the bacon.
Put the baking sheet on the top rack of the oven and bake until crisp, about 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven to a serving dish, and let cool slightly before serving.
No special items needed.
The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.
- When buying bacon, try to get a thick cut for a more flavorful and crispy result.
- If using pre-peppered bacon, omit the pepper from the recipe to avoid it becoming too spicy.
- Maple syrup: Maple syrup is a great substitute for brown sugar as it has a similar sweetness and texture. It also has a unique flavor that pairs well with the bacon, making it an ideal alternative. Plus, it adds a hint of maple flavor to the dish.
- Ground mustard: Ground mustard is a great substitute for black pepper as it has a similar spicy flavor. It also has a slightly milder taste, which can help balance the sweetness of the bacon. Additionally, the mustard adds a unique flavor that enhances the overall taste of the dish.
Maple Bacon Replace the brown sugar with maple syrup and omit the cayenne. Follow the same instructions as above.
RECOMMENDED DISH: French Toast Casserole: French Toast Casserole is a delicious breakfast dish that pairs perfectly with Pig Candy. The sweetness of the French Toast Casserole complements the salty and sweet flavors of the Pig Candy, creating a perfect balance of flavors.
RECOMMENDED DISH: Apple-Cinnamon Strata: Apple-Cinnamon Strata is a delicious breakfast dish that pairs perfectly with Pig Candy. The sweetness of the apples and cinnamon in the Strata complements the salty and sweet flavors of the Pig Candy, creating a perfect balance of flavors. The crunchy texture of the Strata also adds a nice contrast to the creamy texture of the Pig Candy.
Q: How long should I cook the bacon for?
A: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and bake the bacon until it is crisp, about 15 minutes.
Q: How do I store cooked bacon?
A: Store cooked bacon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To freeze, wrap the bacon in foil or freezer paper and freeze for up to 3 months.
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This recipe for Pig Candy, also known as Brown Sugar Bacon, has been served at the White House during the Obama administration. President Obama was known to be a fan of this sweet and salty bacon dish.
The name "Pig Candy" is said to have been coined by the famous American chef and restaurateur, Paula Deen. Deen is well-known for her Southern-style cuisine, and Pig Candy is said to be one of her favorite dishes.