Pig Candy

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Pig Candy is thick-sliced bacon coated with brown sugar and a touch of cayenne pepper. Nom, nom, nom. This is a delicious appetizer!

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Here’s a quick and easy way to make Pig Candy on a large Big Green Egg.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 C dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
10 strips of thick sliced bacon

Wright Brand Bacon Continue reading

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Tater Tots Wrapped in Bacon (TOINK Shots)

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Tater Tots wrapped in bacon to form a shot glass topped with cheese. YUM!

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I was playing with appetizers today and this came out as my favorite. I also tried Pig Candy and Scotch Eggs (with Chorizo).

I think I’ll call these TOINK Shots. They are super easy to make.

INGREDIENTS

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Frozen Tater Tots (thawed 10 seconds in the microwave to allow a toothpick to pierce them)

Thick cut bacon, cut in 1/2 or 1/3 slices.

Shredded cheddar or your favorite cheese

Your favorite rub – I used Dizzy Pig Raging River Rub Continue reading

MOINK Balls (Updated 9/5/2015)

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A MOINK ball is a beef meatball wrapped in bacon (MOO + OINK = MOINK) sprinkled with BBQ rub, smoked outdoors and glazed with BBQ sauce. THEY ARE DELICIOUS!

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In the past, MOINK Balls were only made with frozen, store bought all beef meatballs. Due to the lack of availability of store bought ALL BEEF meatballs in some areas, HOMEMADE meatballs are now acceptable, provided the meatballs are made ONLY with BEEF. (Do you get the idea that MOINK Balls are made with beef meatballs?)

Here is a recipe for “Make Ahead Frozen Meatballs” by Kristen Michaelis. Continue reading

Jacked-up Honey Maple Smoked Almonds

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I don’t really care for super sweet, sugary snacks.  OK, I do have a weakness for cheesecake, but that’s another story.  I prefer snacks that are a bit salty and a little sweet.  I came across a recipe that was attributed to Martha Stewart.  Here’s my take on Jacked-up Honey Maple Smoked Almonds. Continue reading