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I decided to make Pig Candy this weekend since it's been a while since my last batch.  I also decided to step this up a notch above my own efforts and most of what I have seen in the past.  You MUST give this recipe a try if you like Pig Candy!

 

Pig Candy Recipe:

 

Ingredients:

 

Wright brand THICK SLICED BACON (about 10 slices)

Corn Syrup for basting

1 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons TANG instant breakfast drink mix

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground clove

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

 

Directions:

 

Preheat your grill to 350°F and set up for indirect cooking.  

 

Mix all the dry ingredients together.  Place the bacon strips on a cooking rack on a foil-lined pan.  Baste the bacon with a light coating of corn syrup and then sprinkle on the sugar mixture.  Let sit for 10 minutes and then flip the bacon over and repeat the process.  Cook for 35-45 minutes or until you reach your desired level of doneness.

 

This stuff is awesome!  You can simply eat it as a snack or you can use it for a lot of other things.  Try these ideas:

 

Chop it finely and use it in your chocolate chip cookie mix, sprinkled on ice cream, or as a salad topper!

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Tang an interesting ingredient for sure. Looks good. Going to make some pig candy right before I go to my sisters on Thanksgiving. I am sure they have never had it.

Will have to try some tang. Does that make it astronaut candy?

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When I saw the corn syrup ingredient it made me think of molasses.

 

You could use molasses, maple syrup, honey, or anything else like that.  You could also omit that ingredient if you wanted to.  I just wanted to use something that would make the sugar mixture stick a little better.  Corn syrup does that without imparting a flavor.  I didn't want to interfere with the flavor profile I had built in the rub... :)

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Thanks for this post!

 

I made my first batch as part of my hors d'oeuvres for Thanksgiving. It was a big hit! Everyone loved it. I did mine slightly different. I picked up some nice thick cut bacon from Sam's Club and basted it with maple syrup. All I did for the brown sugar was mix in some Chinese five spice powder and some cayenne pepper. It made for a nice exotic flavor with a hint of heat. Very tasty and I will be making this again soon!

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