The Virtual Weber Bullet - Your best source for Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker information & discussion on the Web
Bacon - Pig Candy

Bookmark and Share


  • Buy good quality, thick-sliced bacon.
  • Prepare the brown sugar and cayenne pepper topping.
  • Arrange bacon on a broiler pan.
  • Cook for 20 minutes at 300-350°F.
  • Turn bacon, apply topping, and cook another 20-30 minutes or until done.
I WANT YOU to get great summer deals at

In 2003, several members of The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board posted messages about something called "pig candy"—bacon that's baked with a brown sugar topping. It's a decadent treat for special occasions like a holiday brunch. Since then, I've seen other recipes that add crushed pecans to the brown sugar mix, and recipes using maple syrup instead of brown sugar.

Here are some pictures I took when I prepared pig candy using the Weber Bullet on December 9, 2004.

As on any of the pictures to view a larger image.

Arrange Bacon On A Broiler Pan

Raw strips of bacon
Photo 1

Buy good quality, thick-sliced bacon and arrange it on a broiler pan so the bacon fat drains during cooking.

Before starting, make sure the WSM lid fits over your broiler pan while sitting on the top cooking grate.

I splurged on Niman Ranch Uncured Center Cut Bacon, which has already been apple wood smoked. The 12-ounce package filled the broiler pan, as shown here.

I used a broiler pan because I like to wash the cooking grate after each use and I felt washing a sugary broiler pan would be easier. If you clean your grates by burning them off in a gas grill, you can cook the bacon directly on the top cooking grate, with an empty, foil-lined water pan below to catch the drippings.

Prepare The Brown Sugar Topping

Place 1/2 cup of light brown sugar (packed) and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a bowl, mix thoroughly, and set aside. This small amount of cayenne will provide the slightest bit of heat; if you like more heat, use more cayenne.

Fire The Cooker

Light one full chimney of Kingsford charcoal briquettes. When the coals are hot, spread them out in the charcoal chamber and assemble the cooker.

Do not put the water pan in the cooker.

If you are using a good quality smoked bacon, there's no reason to add smoke wood to the fire.

Open the top and bottom vents fully and leave them that way throughout the cooking process.

Cook The Bacon

Applying brown sugar to bacon halfway through cooking
Photo 2

Put the broiler pan on the top cooking grate. The cooker should be running between 300-350°F. After 20 minutes, turn the bacon. If the slices at the ends of the pan are cooking faster than those in the middle, swap them.

Sprinkle the brown sugar topping on the bacon, making sure each slice is evenly coated. I used the entire 1/2 cup of topping, which gave a nice coating to each piece, and the excess just melted away. Other recipes I've seen use 1/2 cup brown sugar for 1-3/4 pounds of bacon—over twice as much bacon as I cooked here—so you be the judge of how far you want to stretch the topping.

Cook the bacon another 20-30 minutes, depending on how hot the cooker is running, until done to your liking.

Here's how the cooker temperatures and vent settings went during the cooking process.

Time Lid Temp Vent 1 % Vent 2 % Vent 3 %
12:45pm - 100 100 100
12:50pm 315 100 100 100
1:00pm 330 100 100 100
1:05pm(t) 330 100 100 100
1:15pm 335 100 100 100
1:25pm 332 100 100 100
1:30pm 330 100 100 100
(t) turned bacon over and applied topping

Note that the vent percentages represent the way I set the vents at the time indicated.

Serving Pig Candy

Bacon after cooking
Photo 3
Pig candy on a plate
Photo 4

Photo 3 shows the pig candy as it came out of the cooker. Photo 4 shows individual slices on a plate.

Pig candy is sweet and delicious, and that little bit of cayenne gets your attention without being overwhelming.

If you're serving pig candy to your guests at a buffet-style brunch, you may wish to cut the slices in half using kitchen shears. However, there's nothing wrong with enjoying whole slices. How sweet it is!

Updated: 06/08/2015

Back to Cooking Topics

Help support TVWB with your shopping Buy the WSM @
The Virtual Weber Bullet
The Virtual Weber Bullet is your best source for Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker information and discussion on the Web. Popular with competition barbecue teams, the WSM is an easy-to-use water smoker that's equally at home in the backyard. See the WSM and its component parts; get recipes, usage tips, and modification ideas; check-out BBQ-related resources; and discuss the WSM with owners and enthusiasts in our online forums.
About TVWB

Welcome Message
Site Map
How To Use TVWB
Recent Articles & Site Updates
TVWB Celebrates 16 Years Online

Facebook  Twitter  You Tube  Instagram

Subscribe To TVWB News

Email Address

Subscribe to our e-mail newsletter to learn about new articles, tips, recipes, and prize drawings.

Terms of Use   |   Privacy Statement   |   Learn How You Can Support TVWB   |   Advertising On TVWB   |   Contact Us

© 1997-2015 Chris A. Allingham LLC
The Virtual Weber Bullet is an unofficial Weber product fan site and is not affiliated with Weber-Stephen Products LLC.

This site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed
to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to or its affiliates.

WSM 14 WSM 18 WSM 22 Donate Using PayPal TVWB t-shirts & logostuff