Our Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites, AKA Pig Candy, makes a unique holiday gift for bacon-lovers!
Drool-worthy, swoon-tastic, slap yo’ mamma, spicy-salty-sweet pig candy happening today!
What? You’ve never heard of Pig Candy?
This simple 5-ingredient candied bacon recipe makes a marvelous topping for all sorts of dishes. It’s also a tantalizing sinful snack and edible gift for the holidays!
Our Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites are crisp and glossy, coated in a sweet brown sugar bourbon glaze.
They are baked on a rack, until all the fat drips off and the glaze hardens, leaving crunchy, chewy, porky perfection!
Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites make surprising edible gifts this season. Package them in cellophane bags with a tag that offers ideas of how to enjoy them.
How should one enjoy them, one might ask?
Well, I just like to shovel them in my mouth by the fist-full. However, they provide that little extra something to creamy soups, salads, snack mixes, chocolate desserts, and as a garnish for pasta or risotto dishes!
Truly, Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites make everything taste better.
To Make Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites
Mix brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla extract, and crushed red pepper in a bowl.
Cut the bacon into squares and toss it in the bourbon mixture. Mix well to coat.
Place the bacon squares on the wire racks. Bake for 40-60 minutes, until the bacon is brick-red and crisp. The exact cooking time depends on the thickness of your bacon.
The bacon will still be a little flexible while it’s hot, but should quickly cool into dry pieces that are crisp on both sides. You can take a piece out of the oven and cool it to test for doneness.
Skip the cookies this year!
Take Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites to your cookie exchange party and watch your friends gobble them down. There’s a good chance they won’t make it out the door!
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Our Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites Recipe
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with foil or parchment paper. Then set a wire baking rack on each sheet.
- Mix the brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and crushed red pepper in a large bowl. Cut the bacon into squares and toss it in the bourbon mixture. Mix well to coat.
- Place the bacon squares on the wire racks. Brush additional bourbon mixture over the bacon, saving the rest for later. Bake for 40-60 minutes, until the bacon is brick-red and crisp. Brush the bacon with the remaining bourbon glaze halfway through baking. (Cooking time depends on the thickness of your bacon.)
- The bacon will still be a little flexible while it's hot, but should quickly cool into dry pieces that are crisp on both sides. You can take a piece out of the oven and cool it to test for doneness. Cool the bacon to room temperature, then serve or package for gifts! (Crisp dry Pig Candy can sit out at room temperature for up to 3 days. But feel free to keep it in the refrigerator, just to be safe.)
If the gaps in your wire baking racks are too far apart, you can bake the Bourbon Candied Bacon Bites in strips, then cut into squares once they come out of the oven. However, they look nicer if they are cut before baking.