pig candy

2 May

remember that post about getting the jars of sugar mixed up? (if not, you can read about it here: reuse this…) well this is why i needed to know which was sugar and which was molasses.

when in los angeles i get all puppy eye to my two beautiful friends to go to lou’s on vine. that place has the best “pig candy” i have ever tasted. the only pig candy i have ever tasted to for the past few months i have been trying to crack the recipe. i am pretty close and might have to go back for more… just to make sure.

pig candy is basically bacon and sugar in the oven… with a little heat. the spicy kind of heat, you know chef’s on the food network use “heat” to mean spice!

shopping list:

light brown sugar

molasses

cayenne pepper

thick cut bacon (i like trader joe’s apple smoked bacon)

-all this can be purchased from your local trader joe’s

preparation: 

preheat your oven to 375

mix three (3) Tbl spoons of the light brown sugar, two (2) Tbl spoons molasses, and 1/2 tsp of the cayenne (less or more depending how spicy you like it!) in a gallon sized zip lock bag.

cut the bacon in half and coat the slices of bacon in the sugar mixture.

lay the bacon in a baking dish nice and neat next to each other.

pop in the oven for 20 minutes.

let the bacon cool on a cooling rack (about 5 minutes or so)

cut in strips and pile up to make it look pretty.

(Mental Note: I was unaware that cayenne was super spicy! So, the first time I tried to make this I added about, well, over a tablespoon of the stuff. I ruined a lot of bacon. That stuff creeps up on you too… so don’t be liberal with it!  Go easy with it until you find your perfect “heat.”)

enjoy and let us know what you think! for the real deal i suggest visiting lou’s!

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2 Responses to “pig candy”

  1. Yvonne May 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    oh my gosh this was so delicious!!! i couldn’t stop eating it! You must try it!

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