Peel the bacon apart
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Sprinkle more brown sugar
Smoke for an additional hour
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!
I recommend breaking the bacon up into 3rds or halves and let the frenzy begin!
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.