Pig Candy is thick-sliced bacon coated with brown sugar and a touch of cayenne pepper. Nom, nom, nom. This is a delicious appetizer!
Here’s a quick and easy way to make Pig Candy on a large Big Green Egg.
1/2 C dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
10 strips of thick sliced bacon
Stabilize your Egg at 350 degrees, indirect with the plate setter legs up.
I bought a two pack of disposable cookie sheets at the grocery store. I also bought two racks that fit on top of the cookie sheets. I think I spent about $3.00 total. Make sure you get a size that will fit on your Egg. The cookie sheets I got were about 10.5″ x 15.5″. That fit pretty well.
Mix the cayenne pepper with the brown sugar. I mixed them in a small food processor because I didn’t want to have a clumps of cayenne pepper in the mix. I poured the brown sugar mix into a medium sized bowl and tossed in a slice of bacon. I pressed the bacon into the mix to make sure it was nicely coated on both sides. Then the slice went onto the rack/cookie sheet. Repeat. I put 10 slices of bacon on the pan.
Once the Egg is stabilized, place the Pig Candy in the Egg. After 20 minutes, pull the pan out and turn the bacon over. If you have any reserve brown sugar mix, you can sprinkle it on the bacon. Cook 20 minutes or until the bacon is crispy. You may need to start monitoring the bacon after about 15 minutes.
I removed the bacon pan from the grill and let the pan cool. The bacon will get more crisp up as it cools. Keep the bacon on the pan or on a plate as it cools. The sugar will stick to paper products!
Cut the bacon into halves or thirds to serve as an appetizer.