Smoked Bacon Candy (aka. Pig Candy or Candied Bacon)

Smoked bacon candy doesn't need a lot of introduction and there's not a better marriage of foods than what happens when you combine sweet maple syrup, Jeff's original rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub) and bacon. Add the smoke factor and this might just knock you off your feet. I just made 4 lbs of this at home and my crew wiped it out quick!

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Helpful Information
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Marinate Time: 8 hours (optional)
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Smoker Temp: 225°F
  • Meat Finish Temp: n/a
  • Recommended Wood: Apple or Maple
What You'll Need
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Season the Bacon

Peel the bacon apart

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Layer it into a lidded container and drizzle maple syrup and Jeff's original rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub) between each layer.

I spread the syrup out with a brush before sprinkling on the rub.

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Marinate the Bacon Overnight

Once all of the bacon is layered into the container with maple syrup and my original rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub), cover it and place it in the fridge overnight to marinate.

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Prepare the Bacon for Smoking

To smoke the bacon and turn it into bacon candy, lay it on a Bradley rack, cooling rack or onto Weber grill pans. Be sure to leave a little space between each piece to allow the smoke easy access and to make sure they don't stick together.

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Sprinkle more of my original rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub) and brown sugar onto the bacon just before it goes into the smoker

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Get the Smoker Ready

Prepare your smoker for cooking at about 225°F with indirect heat.

Let the smoker heat up to 225°F before placing the bacon in the smoker.

Smoke the Bacon Candy

Place the bacon into the smoker and let it smoke away for about 1 hour over indirect heat.

At the end of an hour, take it out of the smoker and flip the bacon pieces over to the other side. Once again, make sure the pieces do not touch.

Brush on more maple syrup.

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Sprinkle more brown sugar

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Smoke for an additional hour

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Remove from the metal racks onto parchment paper to cool for about 30 minutes before eating it for best results. If you are like me, waiting is difficult to do and the number of cooled pieces is less than the number of pieces that actually came out of the smoker;-)

Not sure how that happens!

Serve it Or Hide it For Later.. Your Choice!

I recommend breaking the bacon up into 3rds or halves and let the frenzy begin!

Questions

Do I have to marinate the bacon?

No.. this is something I do to get more of the rub and maple flavor into the bacon but it is completely optional. You can easily brush on maple syrup and sprinkle with original rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub) and brown sugar right before it goes into the smoker.

Does the leftover cooked bacon have to be refrigerated?

Yes. According to food safety experts, cooked bacon must be refrigerated to keep it safe but if you like bacon as much as I do, there won't be no leftovers.

Can you use thin cut bacon instead?

Yes you can but, in my humble opinion, the ratio of meat to brown sugar, rub and maple syrup is all wrong with thin bacon. The thick bacon makes a bigger statement and allows the other ingredients to be a compliment.

Is bacon candy crispy or chewy?

Bacon candy is definitely not crispy but it should not be “wimpy”. It will be bendable when you remove it from the smoker but after it sits and cools, it should firm up quite a bit.

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5 from 4 votes

Smoked Bacon Candy (Pig Candy)

Smoked bacon candy doesn’t need a lot of introduction and there’s not a better marriage of foods than what happens when you combine sweet syrup and bacon. Add the smoke factor and this might just knock you off your feet.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Servings: 4 -6

Ingredients

  • bacon ((thick sliced))
  • Jeff’s original rub
  • Real maple syrup
  • Brown sugar ((dark is best in my opinion))

Instructions

Season the Bacon

  • Peel the bacon apart
  • Layer it into a lidded container and drizzle maple syrup and rub between each layer.
  • Spread the syrup out with a brush before sprinkling on the rub.

Marinate the Bacon Overnight

  • Once all of the bacon is layered into the container with maple syrup and rub, cover it and place it in the fridge overnight to marinate.

Prepare the Bacon for Smoking

  • To smoke the bacon and turn it into bacon candy, lay it on a jerky rack or onto bradley racks. Be sure to leave a little space between each piece to allow the smoke easy access and to make sure they don’t stick together.
  • Sprinkle more rub and brown sugar onto the bacon just before it goes into the smoker

Get the Smoker Ready

  • Prepare your smoker for cooking at about 225°F with indirect heat.
  • Let the smoker heat up to 225°F before placing the bacon in the smoker.

If you need further help with your smoker, try one of these links:

    Smoke the Bacon Candy

    • Place the bacon into the smoker and let it smoke away for about 1 hour over indirect heat.
    • At the end of an hour, take it out of the smoker and flip the bacon pieces over to the other side. Once again, make sure the pieces do not touch.
    • Brush on more maple syrup and brown sugar
    • Smoke for an additional hour
    • Remove to parchment paper right away and let it cool for about 30 minutes before eating it for best results.
    • Break the bacon up into 3rds or halves and let the frenzy begin!

    32 Comments

    1. niko February 11, 2022 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      caught my smoker on fire i do not recommend

      • Jeff Phillips February 14, 2022 at 7:19 pm - Reply

        Niko, I'm not sure what your process is but I've never caught my smoker on fire making bacon candy. It's a regular item at my house.

        Try using a pan with a rack so you can control where the grease goes. You can also place a water pan or drip pan on a lower grate if your smoker has multiple grates.

    2. Rob westbrook December 27, 2020 at 11:16 am - Reply

      I’ve made this before and it’s awesome. If you can resist let it sit in fridge after done for a day or two and it gets even better! GettIng ready to fire up smoker to make sum

    3. Reta October 31, 2020 at 8:19 am - Reply

      Hi Jeff,
      When I had my pig butchered I did not have anything cured since I am on a low sodium diet. Should I do anything else to the recipe?

      • Tim Morse November 23, 2021 at 8:05 pm - Reply

        5 stars
        Made a pound and a half and have had it straight off the smoker to mixed with fried corn and am putting a few pieces in with some baked beans (awesome). Very versatile and can even be put in a healthy spinach salad.

    4. John Cloud June 20, 2020 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Your printed instructions suggest that we flip the bacon pieces over after one hour of cooking. I did not see you do that in the video. Is this a necessary step or can we just pull it out as it is after an hour, add a little more maple syrup and brown sugar, then return it to the smoker for another hour?

      • Jeff Phillips June 23, 2020 at 12:32 pm - Reply

        You can do it either way.. I sometimes flip them to get more brown sugar and maple syrup onto the bacon but sometimes I just prefer to leave them alone.

    5. Larry Heiniger March 21, 2020 at 9:11 am - Reply

      5 stars
      A coincidence this candied bacon appeared this morning! Being “home bound” here in IL due to Covid-19, we made plans to catch up on smoking. Managed a COSTCO trip last week to pick up BB ribs and thick sliced bacon. Smoked 9 racks of ribs yesterday, and we'll fire up our Camp Chef within the hour for making 6# of candied bacon. The maple/brown sugar recipe is the best. Thank you Jeff, and you all stay safe too!

    6. Brandon J LaSota December 19, 2019 at 9:42 am - Reply

      5 stars
      If I'm going to make this to give away as gifts for Christmas, how long can it stay in the fridge?

    7. Tim Wilkins June 22, 2019 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      These were great as an appetizer with a whiskey sour. I did smoke them at a bit higher temp (250) for the same amount of time and they came out just right. Stuck them in the fridge until our dinner party and let them sit at room temp before serving.

    8. Reid Packer June 6, 2019 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      Why can't I buy the product on line if I live in Canada? I'm sure that you have a lot of Canadian fans.

      • Jeff Phillips June 9, 2019 at 12:57 pm - Reply

        Reid, we just started producing and selling the bottled products late last year and it will take us a little time to get all of the kinks worked out and get through the red tape of selling them outside of the USA. Hope to get this done soon. Thank you for your feedback!

    9. Mike June 17, 2018 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      Well, this was quick and easy but nobody likes it. Way too sweet is what I am hearing.

    10. Bruce June 16, 2018 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Phil. Most of us in Aus dont have thermometers with degF but degC. Any chance you can add degC in brackets.

    11. Kimberly Ibarra June 15, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

      what if you purchase bacon that is “maple flavored” already? can you still add more maple? will it make a difference?

      • Jeff Phillips June 15, 2018 at 3:52 pm - Reply

        As long as you like maple flavor, it’s not a problem at all. In my opinion, the maple is not overpowering even if you use the maple bacon.

    12. Ian Rodgers June 14, 2018 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Where can I get your rubs in the UK

      • Jeff Phillips June 14, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

        Ian, Right now I only offer the recipes/formulas for my rubs and sauce so folks can enjoy it at home. We are working on bottling the stuff though and should have that very soon. I am not sure how quickly we'll get stuff overseas but I'll keep everyone updated as it happens.

      • Roy Hunter January 15, 2022 at 12:40 pm - Reply

        You can always find someone and have them buy and shop it for you. Just an option until they can go international.

    13. jeff June 14, 2018 at 8:00 am - Reply

      a little maple syrup goes a long way, so be careful

    14. Greg Gignac July 23, 2017 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      How long can bacon candy be safely refrigerated after smoking.
      I've made many time, but this time I have to make it about a week
      ahead of time.
      Greg Gignac

    15. Tom February 8, 2016 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      Way to sweet. The brown sugar thickens up and holds the syrup, so the thickness of sweet is almost as thick as the bacon itself. I have a sweet tooth, but this was overkill.

    16. Greg gignac October 17, 2015 at 5:11 pm - Reply

      It's hard to find thick bacon sometimes, I just fold the slices in two. Works great

    17. Lona February 1, 2015 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      I just made up batch of texas rub and used on bacon I hope this was the right one….tastes yummmy

    18. Keith Brockmiller December 24, 2014 at 8:22 am - Reply

      Oh, and by the way, I had big chunks of brown sugar/rub, roll off, and onto the smoker tray. So I give away those as smoked brown sugar. It gets compliments too

    19. Keith Brockmiller December 24, 2014 at 8:20 am - Reply

      This is so good… I work in a hospital, and I'm going around giving away samples. So far we have had 3 strokes and 2 heart attacks. I have done 2 batches, after the 1st one, I had orders for 3.5 pounds in the 2nd one. I can sell enough to pay for mine!!
      But I get nothing but “THAT'S INCREDIBLE” AWESOME, and similar compliments

      Thanks for posting this

    20. Halvy November 27, 2014 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Jeff, I tried this as soon as you posted the receipe and it was awesome!!! Everyone loved it so much it was requested to be an appetizer at Thanksgiving today. Second batch is in the smoker now. Thanks and have a great Thanksgiving holiday!

    21. Greg Gignac November 4, 2014 at 10:27 am - Reply

      jeff.
      I have been using your recipes and your rub for quite some time.
      But you pig candy recipe is going to put me in the poor house.
      It is without doubt the best treat I have ever smoked.
      Everyone agreed. Five stars.
      Thanks again,
      Greg

    22. Richard W. October 30, 2014 at 8:08 am - Reply

      EXCELLENT idea and recipe! Jeff, you continue to produce some of my favorite cooking recipes. Bacon candy, who wudda thought?! Great results with Daily's applewood bacon. Thanks!

    23. Tim October 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      Tried putting bacon on smoker thought I would add extra rub bad idea took excess off turned out excellent

    24. Jon October 26, 2014 at 9:06 am - Reply

      This was soooo good!!! My daughter is my cooking partner in the house and we decided to make this last night along with some salted caramels. Both were very good, but this was the star.

      We are thinking of next time instead of salted caramel, using some of the bacon as the vehicle for salt.

      Bacon candy caramels…..Hmmmmm

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