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Candied Bacon AKA Pig Candy

Candied Bacon AKA Pig Candy

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Candied Bacon AKA Pig Candy is a must in my family. Sunday morning bacon is pretty much a given at our house. I’d been seeing candied bacon recipes for the past couple years, and finally got a chance to make some for a New Year’s Day gathering.

Often served whole as a breakfast option, I went another route and served pieces as an appetizer. This salty sweet bacon was sublime. As usual, we had WAY too much food at our gathering, but this candied bacon disappeared in a flash.

Candied Bacon AKA Pig Candy

Candied Bacon

Welcome to Day #4 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. With the big football game coming up, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers, like this terrific candied bacon.

We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25. Lots of great prizes will be up for grabs so you do not want to miss one single day. Follow #AppetizerWeek on Twitter to keep up to date with all our amazing recipes and giveaways!

Candied Bacon AKA Pig Candy

How to Make Candied Bacon AKA Pig Candy

The original directions for this candied bacon suggested a 20 minute cooking time. I placed the bacon on a rack over a foil lined pan. I topped the bacon with a second foil wrapped pan. This provided additional weight to prevent the bacon from curling. Unfortunately, my pans are pretty heavy duty and the bacon was barely cooked at the 20 minute mark…and hadn’t made much more progress at the 40 minute mark. So you’ll just have to play this by ear.

As the clock was ticking for departure time to our gathering, I turned on the broiler, removed the top pan and broiled a couple minutes on each side…watching it like a hawk. You’ll just want to make sure your candied bacon is crisp enough to stand alone. I have to admit that I had visions of the fire department showing up again for a grease fire…but I put on the exhaust fan and my scrupulously clean oven didn’t fail me with a cloud of smoke. Here is the photo and commentary my oldest put on facebook after I roasted a beef tenderloin on Christmas Day. Isn’t he charming?

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Firetruck at our house

 — with Liz Weber Berg.
For being such a great cook, the fire department seems to show up with alarming frequency when @thatskinnychickcanbake is in the kitchen.


Back to the Pig Candy…it was phenomenal. It would be marvelous for your Super Bowl party…and leftovers, which I doubt you’ll have, could be eaten for breakfast the next morning. I hope you’ll give this simple candied bacon recipe a shot.

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Candied Bacon | That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Candied Bacon AKA Pig Candy

Bacon with a delicious candy coating.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Brunch, Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 12 slices bacon, about 1/4-inch thick
  • Finely ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325º.Put bacon slices in a bowl, season them with pepper and toss with the brown sugar. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil and arrange the bacon in a single layer on top (if you have a rack, you may want to use it). Sprinkle any sugar left in the bowl over the bacon. Top with a second baking sheet of the same size which has also been wrapped in foil.
  2. Bake for 20 minutes. Check to see if bacon is crispy, and if not, and cook for 10 to 15 more minutes and check again. If your pans are heavy duty or if you use a rack, you may need additional baking time. Let rest a few minutes, break into pieces if desired and serve warm.


Keep the oven temperature at 350º. Time will vary depending on thickness of bacon and your bakeware.

Recipe adapted from Alex Guarnaschelli

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41 comments on “Candied Bacon AKA Pig Candy”

  1. My favorite spice is a tie between freshly ground black pepper and

  2. My favorite spice is a tie between freshly ground black pepper and cayenne!

  3. Cinnamon is my favorite spice followed very closely by red pepper flakes. This bacon looks amazing. I am glad it didn’t come with a side of the fire department.

  4. right now, my favorite spice is a generic store brand mix called ‘Soul Food Seasoning”

  5. Hope you’ll have a giveaway that’s open to all soon. I’m drooling here …….

  6. poor thing! What a mean son lol

    But yuuuuuum this candied bacon!! SO GOOD!

  7. Bacon never looked better! Yum!!! 🙂 ela

  8. Lol, your son is such a joker 🙂
    I’ve never tried making candied bacon but my hubby would love this – it sounds so flavorful!

  9. I’ve made pig candy before-good stuff:@)

  10. OMG this stuff is so addictive. And I an a bacon oven baker convert. Have yet to see a fire truck though. I remember that facebook posting ha ha.

  11. Your bacon looks like the ultimate crowd pleaser! Glad no fire truck was necessary ;).

  12. For me it’s a tie between saffron and cardamom.

  13. There is alot I like but you can do so much with salt and pepper.

  14. Oh, yeah…Send me this bowl of love!!! Candied bacon here I go…

  15. I’ve never made candied bacon but I think it would be a fantastic appetiser. Your son is too funny! But isn’t it good to know that if you did need emergency services, they’re not far away! (And given how much baking you do, I’m sure the ratio of cooking-to-fire brigade visits is actually low!) xx

  16. Candied bacon.
    R U serious? OMGOSH!
    YESssss, I want w/out the pepper.
    My Fave. spice is Christmas Spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, pie-spice, sage. xxx

  17. I can’t even imagine candied bacon 🙂 it even sounds wrong to me :)))))

  18. I am a huge fan of Cardamon. It doesn’t work with everything, but when it does its spectacular !!!

  19. anything spicy! probably because im feeding the baby and can’t eat it…

  20. I love cardamom and cinnamon Lizzy and this bacon look yumy!!

  21. My mouth is watering! Shared and pinned xox

  22. either cinnamon or paprika!

  23. Lizzy,
    I love bacon and candied bacon must magnificent. Thankfully the fire department doesn’t show at my house very often.

  24. Garlic!!

  25. i really like using garlic powder

  26. I really miss American bacon. I could happily devour your candied bacon and leave NONE for those pesky firemen.

  27. I love smoked paprika

  28. Pinned for everyone to see and salivate over 😀


  29. Definitely paprika!

  30. wow these candied bacon look crazily delicious and addictive, Liz.

  31. Togarashi is my favorite savory spice…Your son is adorable, Liz…And are you sure the firemen aren’t just gathering at your house for the cooking?

  32. Is he the same son who put up a pic of you doing push-ups in the middle of the road? You guys have fun. And candied bacon!! I’ve been meaning to try it for months. Thanks for the recipe Liz!

  33. I am drooling looking at that bacon. Have a nice weekend Liz! 🙂

  34. YUM, bacon is always a staple. So good!

  35. I love Cinnamon and sugar on my bacon!

  36. paprika!

  37. My favorite spice is garlic powder!

  38. Now if people handed out candied bacon at Halloween… I would be pushing the kids out of the way with my sack open. 🙂 As Martha would say about the bacon… “this is a GOOD thing”. 🙂

  39. I loved that photo of the fire truck in front of your house, Liz. As long as the firemen are good looking, I wouldn’t mind a brief visit from them (provided my house hasn’t burnt down already!). Candied bacon is the best stuff ever! I’d be eating this by the fistful 😉

  40. I make bacon like this all the time, because it never lasts! I don’t cover it though with another pan and have never seemed to have a problem with it curling. This stuff is addicting.

  41. I remember when that happened, Liz! Too funny and thanks for sharing again because it gave me an early morning chuckle. Always a good way to start the day!

    As for that candied bacon, it’s something I’ve been wanting to try for ages so I am pinning this on my Recipes to Try board. And I will watch it like a hawk since I don’t know if a fire truck would even show up in Dubai! Of course, I am not entering the rafflecopter but I gotta tell you that cayenne is my favorite spice because some is probably going to be added to that bacon. 🙂

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