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Happy Mother's Day and
Pig Candy (Sweet Bacon)

Posted by Denise on May 13, 2012

pig candy on angled plate

Crunchy, sweet and bacony, Pig Candy is extremely good.

 

Happy Mother's Day everyone!

I love being a Mom. Yes, I spelled it with a capital M because I think it's a big deal being a Mom. A Mom is someone who participates in all aspects of her child(ren)'s life, including all the gory day-to-day trials and tribulations of hurt feelings, skinned knees and broken hearts, as well as the absolutely heart-swelling love that hits at unexpected times like when you look over at the precious face next to you at the dinner table or the innocence of your sleeping teen at the end of a long day.

The funny thing is that every year things seem to happen that brings home to me what being a Mom is all about. What is it about Mother's Day that seems to change best laid plans? Every year from the time Andy started being involved with sports at about 8 years old, I have not had a single Mother's Day where we have been home quietly celebrating together. Why do they schedule soccer tournaments for Mother's Day? The good news is that the teams that Andy was on were always good enough to make it to the finals, so they had to play on Mother's Day. Each year. And then there were the Boy Scout campouts, the invites to the beach, the events to attend with girlfriends...the list goes on. This year, Andy has to return to college for a required internship at the university. Today. He leaves this morning because the students have to meet with their team this afternoon.

Each year I have a momentary wish that we could have a quiet day together, but isn't this exactly what Mom's Day is about? It's really not about being isolated at home, but a celebration of our lives together and my role as a Mom. And Moms do things for their kids. And I am so lucky that Glenn and Andy both make the day special in so many ways. They make me breakfast, have surprises for me, and make me feel really special before we take off for whatever adventure we have on the schedule. And I have my Mom to thank for that. She always supported us in our lives and helped us get to where we were trying to go, so I had the best role model. I love you, Mom! 

Enough about that, let's move on to today's recipe.

I love the name of this bacon dish, Pig Candy. It’s such a fun way to describe the crunchy sweet goodness of the bacon when it is fixed this way.

Pig Candy is easy to make and changes up regular bacon into a special treat. A friend of ours, Brenda, raved about having Pig Candy at a barbecue at her son’s house. She described how he made it and we tried to make it. The first time or two, we used too high of an oven temperature (400o F) and had the pan too close to the top of the oven. Because of the sugar, the bacon scorched on the ends and along the edges. Although it still tasted good, we knew we could do it better than that.

Cutting down on the time the bacon was in the oven left the bacon flabby and underdone. We reduced the heat in the oven to 375o F, moved the pan to the middle rack, and increased the cooking time for the bacon and it came out perfect. It was a really nice accompaniment to the soft scrambled eggs we fixed for breakfast.

A quick hint: If you have to cook bacon, sausage links or sausage patties for a large number of people, baking them in the oven is a great way to free up the stove for making the rest of breakfast.

 

 

Pig Candy

 

 

 

 pig candy ingredients

 

 

Serves 7-10            

Ingredients

 

1

pound good quality thick cut bacon

¼

cup light brown sugar

 

Optional: Dash of chili powder, cayenne pepper or chipotle powder

 

 

 

 

Instructions

 

1.     Preheat the oven to 3750 F. Prepare baking pan with a rack by placing a layer of aluminum foil under the rack, unless you really like to waste a lot of time scrubbing pans.

 

foil in pan

 

 

 

2.     Lay the bacon out on the rack, placing the pieces across the bars of the rack so they are supported, leaving about ½ inch between each slice. You may need to use two racks. Gently sprinkle each slice with a portion of the brown sugar.

 

 

bacon on rack with brown sugar

 

sugar on bacon for baking

 

3.      Place the pan with the bacon in the oven on the middle rack. Bake for 18-22 minutes, depending on your oven and the crispness you want in your bacon. Don’t allow the bacon to burn.

 

4.     When the bacon is done to your desired crispness, remove the pan from the oven. Using tongs or a fork, lift each slice and place right side up on a paper towel to drain the bacon fat off. Serve while hot.

 

bacon on rack

 

 

pig candy on white plate


 

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