First Pig Candy

Discussion in 'Pork' started by dj mishima, May 18, 2013.

  1. dj mishima

    dj mishima Meat Mopper

    I finally decided to try out my new q-matz with pig candy.

    First, I got together the ingredients:

    Dark Brown Sugar

    Turbinado Sugar(Sugar in the Raw)

    Maple Syrup

    Strawberry Jam with guajillo pepper powder mixed in

    Candied Jalapenos


    Bacon that I cut into bite sized pieces

    I did one batch of Strawberry, one Jalapeno, and one just Maple.  First I drenched the bacon pieces into the respective bowls filled with the wet ingredients.  For the jalapeno, I mixed maple syrup, a few minced peppers, and some of the canning syrup.

    Then I hit them with brown sugar.

    Then I hit them with some rub.

    Into the smoker at 225.  I increased the temp to 250 after half an hour.  At 1.5 hours, I turned it up all the way to 275.  At this point, I put some Turbinado sugar on them.

    At 2 hours 15 minutes, they were done.

    Close up

    I thought they felt a little rubbery at this point by touch.  There also was some sugar that hadn't melted on them.  In retrospect, I should have called it a day at this point.  However, I put them into the oven at 350 to crisp them up a bit.  After 5-10 minutes or so, I pulled them from the oven.

    Close up

    They turned out to have the hardness more of a peanut brittle than I was expecting.  When I had them in the past(from a local smokehouse), they were a little chewier.  I think it would have been much closer to that when I pulled it from the smoker.  I didn't take into account the fact that the melted sugar would harden as it cooled.  Oh well.  It still turned out pretty well if you are into crispy/borderline burnt bacon.  My favorite was the jalapeno one.  I'm definitely going to try this again.  I think I'll use thick cut bacon next time.

    The q-matz worked out really well!  I still had to pry the pieces off a bit, but I can't imagine doing this without them as the melted sugar carmelizes and hardens so much.  Still, they were not stuck to the matz.  I just tossed them onto the top rack of the dishwasher and am curious to see how well they clean off.  I will update with photos.

    I made these for a bbq(well, what passes for one in MI anyways) I'm attending tomorrow.  I hope they are well received.

    Thanks for reading!
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Crunchy, crispy sweet bites of bacon......  Sounds like they are perfect to me...   [​IMG]
  3. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Those look pretty tasty from here!  Nice going, Dj!

  4. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    looks good DJ....experimenting is the fun part about cooking/smoking/bbqing  don't give up
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Mighty Tasty from here!!!!

    You don't know if you don't try!!

    Great Post !!!

  6. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice, DJ.  Fun on the Run... playing with your food ; call it what you want  , getting a good outcome from the Smoker is where it's at ...

    Have fun and ...
  7. never have i ever seen this before but it looks freakin amazing!! haha...[​IMG]

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