|Bacon, glazed with a spicy brown sugar seasoning and baked. Pig Candy!|
Brown Sugar BaconWhen I first posted Pig Candy in the early stages of my original blog, nobody seemed to know anything about it. Now Candied Bacon, Brown Sugar Bacon, or as Ms. Jill Conner Browne, Head Queen of THE Sweet Potato Queens calls it, Pig Candy, seems to be all over the place, with a wide range of variations. She's from Mississippi, ya know.
Now, me, I never need an excuse to eat bacon. I could go the rest of my life without a lot of foods, but don't take away my bacon! But still, who thought to put brown sugar and bacon together? You know those "times" where you just gotta have salty-sweet? Just Genius. To kick it up a bit, I throw in some chili powder, spicy Colman's mustard and a bit of Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning in with that brown sugar. Talk about some good!
To make it kinda all holiday-style you could even throw in a bit of pecan, or dip one end of each piece in some chocolate. Now we're talkin'! As Ms. Jill says, you just might think you're about to ascend directly into heaven. Enjoy!
Recipe: Brown Sugar Bacon©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 45 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings
- 1 pound of quality thick cut bacon
- 1/2 cup of light or dark brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon of spicy dry mustard
- 2 teaspoons of chili powder
- Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), to taste, optional
- Chopped pecans, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil. Place an oven safe rack on top and lightly spray it with some non-stick spray; set aside.
Place the brown sugar, dry mustard, chili powder and Cajun seasoning in a Ziploc bag, seal and shake until well mixed. Toss bacon in the mixture a few strips at a time and lay the coated bacon strips on the rack. If using pecans, shake them up in the remaining brown sugar mixture after you've coated all the bacon, and then sprinkle them on top of the bacon.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 to 45 minutes, or longer, until crisp. Let the bacon cool on the rack. Eat as is for a snack or with a meal, use on sandwiches, crumble over a salad or on top of homemade vanilla ice cream.
Cook's Notes: For easier clean up, don't skip the step of lining the baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Variations: Let the bacon cool. Melt some chocolate and dip one end of the finished bacon into the melted chocolate. You may also brush the raw bacon strips with a bit of spicy mustard mixed with Worcestershire sauce, then dredge the bacon pieces in the brown sugar mixture and bake as above.
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