Pig Candy

Sides, Snacks

Pig candy is a real thing. Didyouknowthis?

I did not. Until last week when I had dinner at Lou’s, this wine bar in a random strip mall next to an even more random laundromat. In other news, I’ve been pronouncing the word “laudromat” like “laundry-mat…” up until, oh I dunno, like, yesterday.

Not sure if you knew this, but in Los Angeles things like kitchen floors that aren’t made from formica, a washer & dryer in your unit, and a parking space for your vehicle, are all considered luxuries. I have two out of the three and I feel lucky and rich.

Pig Candy. Let’s go back to that.

It’s really special. I’d even go as far as to say that it’s important.

Sure, I’ve brushed bacon with maple syrup…

I’ve even sprinkled a bit of brown sugar atop of it; but I’ve never added it all up and then thrown in cayenne for an explosion that’s so crazy and fun, that the only words I can find to describe it are crazy and fun.

It started with brown sugar and some cayenne. It shouldn’t be too spicy, just a kick. Take a note below on the cayenne amount. No bigs.

Throw it in the oven for 15 minutes or so. Take it out…

Brush on some maple syrup. Bake some more. Flip over the bacon slices, put more maple syrup on. Bake some more. And then refrigerate.

The bacon pieces will harden, and be all candy-like. They’ll be sweet with a small amount of kick. Put it on a couple scoops of ice cream. Serve it as a snack with some beer. Drink it with fancy wine. How ever you wanna enjoy it is cool.

Just remember this:

Bacon is important.

Pig Candy

Print this recipe!

10 slices of bacon (about 1 1/4 lb of thick-cut bacon)
*3/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and cayenne.

*(Note: the cayenne I had was pretty dull. If yours is brand new, I’d recommend a 1/2 teaspoon vs. the 3/4 teaspoon I used. You want it to be a touch spicy; not straight fire, ya know?)

2. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment. (This will help with the clean-up.) Place a baking rack atop the lined baking sheet and lay bacon side-by-side.

3. Coat both sides of bacon with the brown sugar mixture, pressing it into the bacon to be sure it adheres.

4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Take bacon out of the oven and coat one side with maple syrup. Place it back in the oven and bake for 5-7 additional minutes. After the 5 minute mark, flip bacon over, coat with maple syrup and return to oven for the last 5-7 minutes.

5. Place in refrigerator to harden for an hour. Cut into pieces and eat atop some ice cream or by itself. Maybe with a glass of beer. That’s pretty good.

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  • Reply Tasha @Tashasdish January 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    This is AMAZING! Who doesn’t love bacon? I went to this restaurant called Le Pigeon in Portland and we had a bacon maple cornbread served with maple ice cream and these little candied bacon garnishes that were amazing! Now I get to recreate it in my own kitchen.

    • Reply Darlene January 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      You should check out The Sweet Potato Queen’s Big Ass Cookbook and Financial Planner- they serve up their own version of this delicious stuff. Great post, gorgeous photos 🙂
      -Darlene (the CorvallisFoodie)

  • Reply Jen of My Tiny Oven January 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    TO DIE FOR… I need some pig candy to stuff in my face asap!

  • Reply Heather (Heather's Dish) January 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    i’m dying…just ate dinner and somehow i’m already starving for some pig candy 🙂

  • Reply Natashia@foodonpaper January 22, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Love the name – pig candy. I am still yet to try bacon and maple syrup… might be an Australian thing.

  • Reply Maureen January 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    After reading this, I had to check my shirt for the drool that was sure to be there!

  • Reply Let Me Eat Cake January 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    yum city!

  • Reply Carmen January 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    This is insanely awesome. I definitely think I will be making this for my Dad next father’s day.

  • Reply Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet January 22, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I LOVE candied bacon. Yum! Really delicious with homemade maple ice cream.

  • Reply Anna @ the shady pine January 22, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    How have I never heard about this?! What a great discovery… Thanks for sharing this!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou January 23, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Looks great but definitely not for me: too many calories, too many sugars, too many fats…just not worth it!

    • Reply Regina April 11, 2012 at 5:45 am

      Dude…if it’s too many calories, fat, sugars, yada yada…why are you on a page featuring bacon and ice cream :/

    • Reply Carl May 16, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      No, Mike, it’s worth it. It’s sooooo worth it.

  • Reply m @ random musings January 23, 2012 at 2:00 am

    mmm…. I didn’t know this had a name!

  • Reply Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau January 23, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Just like you, I’ve done the maple syrup and I’ve done the brown sugar, but never together and never with cayenne. What a marvelous idea! I’m on it 🙂

  • Reply Nina @ ambrosia January 23, 2012 at 5:10 am

    I love bacon when it’s baked with maple syrup and brown sugar, but the addition of cayenne pepper must make the bacon out of this world! I would have never thought to try this over ice cream, but this recipe is now in one of the top spots of my to-do list. Yummmm….

  • Reply Heather January 23, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Making this. Right away. I also love adding cayenne along with brown sugar to sweet potato fries. Sweet, salty & spicy are a tastebud’s trifecta!

    Heather @ Find That Warm Fuzzy Feeling

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  • Reply Amanda January 23, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I think I just drooled a little on my keyboard! That looks delicious!

  • Reply Chelsea@Chelseaisdishingup January 23, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I love bacon this way because it is uh-mazing! I hate it because I could eat the whole package… and then I feel like a candied pig.

  • Reply Michelle @ Chellbellz January 23, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Woah….My mind has been blown.

  • Reply Rachel Willen@FoodFix January 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Like you, I have made “sweet” bacon before..but this takes it to another level. Will definitely try…thanks…oh, and next time try something I saw once on Trailer Park Cooking…add a little instant coffee (I used instant espresso as an upgrade) to the brown sugar mix…for “caffeinated” pig candy!

  • Reply Dana January 23, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I think I know somebody who might get some of this with his Valentine’s day present.

  • Reply yummy supper January 23, 2012 at 11:10 am


    Yum! I’ve had “salmon candy” at the SF farmer’s market, but never pig candy. I feel the need to run to the market right now and make some of this for my family this afternoon:)

    And congrats on the Saveur feature. Well deserved!!!


  • Reply modernworkinggirl January 23, 2012 at 11:42 am

    So cool. Great idea!

  • Reply kale @ tastes good to me! January 23, 2012 at 11:59 am

    The last pic especially totally looks like candy! Like snapped taffy pieces, with ribbons of fat. Yummy, yummy fat. Mmm… Well done!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna January 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      I want ribbons of fat.

  • Reply lynn @ the actor's diet January 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    i live within walking distance of lou’s!!! i really wanna go…

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna January 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      You totally need to!

  • Reply Dana B @ thebakingbooth January 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    with beer please 🙂 sounds yummy that way!

  • Reply Jessica @ How Sweet January 24, 2012 at 4:35 am

    no words. no words.

  • Reply Paula January 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Salivating!! Wow!

  • Reply France January 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    That just sounds to good to miss out on!

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  • Reply crystal January 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    my favorite amenity that LA doesn’t usually have in their apartments is a refrigerator! boggles my mind.

    So sending this recipe to my father!

  • Reply ileana January 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Whoa! This looks like it’d be amazing in some ice cream. Or in dark chocolate? Mm, bacon and chocolate.

  • Reply Michelle W. January 25, 2012 at 4:43 am

    I’ve known this for some time as Candied Bacon. I kinda like the sound of that better than Pig Candy! LoL!

  • Reply Katie @ OhShineOn January 25, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Well this is something new….

  • Reply Stephanie January 25, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Would this be good in a nutty snack mix? I found you through How Sweet It Is and I am subscribing RIGHT AWAY!!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna January 26, 2012 at 9:19 am

      I think this would be so incredible in a nut mix.

  • Reply Monica @ Soirees & Such January 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you!!! now I need this in my life!

  • Reply Betty @ scrambled hen fruit January 27, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I heart bacon. 🙂 This looks sooo good.

  • Reply Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! January 29, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Bacon makes the world a better place. This is fact. It is also fact that I must try this, like ASAP. oh yes!

  • Reply Lucie (Thursday Night Dinner) January 30, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Bacon happens to be my favorite food, therefore I think of normal bacon as pig candy. this on the other hand is actually making my mouth visibly water. yup I just drooled. I need to make this asap.

  • Reply Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! February 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Now why didn’t I think of this?! This. Is. GENIUS! And I’m totally making this to go with the bread pudding I’m making for Superbowl Sunday. I love it!

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    i substituted the cayenne pepper for ground black pepper and added honey to the maple syrup to make it sweeter

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    I can’t wait to try this as a garnish for my chocolate truffles. Thanks for the recipe.

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    I’ve made this it is awesome!!!!!!!

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