There’s not many ways to improve a piece of delicious bacon, but I know one way that is sure fire every time. I’m talking about Pig Candy. Pig candy is basically sugar coated bacon cooked on a smoker. It’s a simple technique that is guaranteed to drive your friends and family bacon-crazy.

Here’s all you need:

  • 3lb of Thick Sliced Smoked Bacon (Wright brand is what I use)
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Bbq Rub (The BBQ Rub. of course)
  • ½ tea Cayenne Pepper

I use a cookie sheet and a full size cooling rack to make clean up easy. Just cover the cookie sheet with aluminum foil, sit the rack on the sheet, and spray the cooling rack with cooking spray. The mess won’t be bad at all and it keeps your smoker clean too.

Combine the Brown Sugar, Rub, and Cayenne in a bowl and pour into a shaker bottle. Lay the strips of bacon out on the wire cooling rack and dust each side with a generous amount of the sugary mixture. I go extra heavy.

bacon seasoned and ready for smoker

Fire up the cooker to 350 degrees and place the pan on the center rack. The total cook time is about 45 min – 1 hour.

Flip each piece of bacon over half way through the process. The sugar mixture caramelizes over the bacon and gives it a sticky, candy coating. The bacon strips should be bendable not crispy. After they cool for 30 minutes, it will harden a little. Just leave it on the wire racks and leave it alone…..if you can. The first rack always disappears at my house before it has time to cool.

finished product… sweet and delicious

Malcom Reed
Killer Hogs BBQ Cooking Team
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I am Malcom Reed and my brother, Waylon, and I are the Killer Hogs competition bbq team. Here at HowtoBBQright.com, I want to give you my secrets, methods and techniques you need to produce competition-quality BBQ. I want to give enough detail for BBQ novices, but still offer information that is useful for the professional BBQ cooks. I only focus on REAL bbq. And I take it seriously.

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