Pig Candy


10 slices of bacon (about 1 1/4 lb of thick-cut bacon)
*3/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and cayenne.

*(Note: the cayenne I had was pretty dull. If yours is brand new, I'd recommend a 1/2 teaspoon vs. the 3/4 teaspoon I used. You want it to be a touch spicy; not straight fire, ya know?)

2. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment. (This will help with the clean-up.) Place a baking rack atop the lined baking sheet and lay bacon side-by-side.

3. Coat both sides of bacon with the brown sugar mixture, pressing it into the bacon to be sure it adheres.

4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Take bacon out of the oven and coat one side with maple syrup. Place it back in the oven and bake for 5-7 additional minutes. After the 5 minute mark, flip bacon over, coat with maple syrup and return to oven for the last 5-7 minutes.

5. Place in refrigerator to harden for an hour. Cut into pieces and eat atop some ice cream or by itself. Maybe with a glass of beer. That's pretty good.
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