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CandiED Bacon

At its most basic, CandiED Bacon (or “pig candy”) is a dessert, appetizer, or side dish made by coating thick strips of smoked bacon with sugar. Brown sugar is the most popular sweetener used to “candy” the bacon, but some recipes call for maple syrup, granulated sugar, or caramel instead. Additional ingredients such as chopped pecans, cayenne pepper, black pepper, or a coating of chocolate are sometimes included, too. The CandiED Bacon can be served warm or at room temperature and has become a really popular treat in the Southern United States.

Prep Time      15 mins
Cook Time     15 mins
Total Time     30 mins
Servings:        12 slices



Step 1: Prepare Oven and Cookware

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a rack on top (like a cookie cooling rack).
  3. Spray the rack with nonstick spray.

Step 2: Prepare Bacon for Greatness

  1. Mix the SmokED Stuff Brown Sugar and Cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. Coat both sides of the bacon slices in the Brown Sugar/Cinnamon mixture and place the coated bacon strips on the rack.
  3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bacon appears to be caramelized and somewhat crispy.
    • Watch closely after 15 minutes because the Brown Sugar/Cinnamon mixture can begin to burn if left in too long.
  4. Serve immediately.

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