Pig Candy aka Brown Sugar Bacon

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Recipe: #7887

April 28, 2012

Categories: Waffles

"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 is 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 by Step Method

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.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

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.

8 Reviews


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!


review by:
(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!


review by:
(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.


review by:
(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!


review by:
(20 Aug 2012)


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


review by:
(1 Aug 2012)

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Fun facts:

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.