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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pig Candy

Smoked Pig Candy is a BBQ favorite of mine. This recipe can be used as an appetizer, side dish, dessert, or a midnight snack. It is easy to cook, hard to mess up, and tastes FANTASTIC! You can cook this on a smoker, gas grill or even in the oven. I show how to cook this two ways - one directly on the smoker grate and one in a pan made from heavy duty foil. Bacon renders a lot of fat as it cooks and the grease dripping on an open flame is a recipe for disaster and will cause a fire in your grill. Even on an indirect smoker, the pooled grease can catch fire so I would recommend cooking in the foil pan the first few times unless you really want to keep a close eye on it.

The ingredients are really basic:

Thick Cut Bacon - cheap thin cut bacon also works fine but doesn't seem to hold its' shape as well.
Granulated Onion / Onion Powder
Smoked Chipotle Powder
Brown Sugar (Lots of it)

Lay the bacon out on a cutting board or flat surface and sprinkled the onion powder and the smoked chipotle powder on lightly. I don't measure for this recipe so it may take you a few times to perfect the amount to your liking.

Heavily shake the brown sugar on - don't be shy!

Below you can see the bacon cooking directly on the grate. Be careful of flare ups and the grease catching on fire! You should constantly tend the grill when using this method. I find that cooking directly on the grate cooks a little faster and makes the bacon crisper.

Pictured below is the bacon cooking in a pan made out of heavy duty foil. Make the foil pan big enough so the bacon is only 2 layers thick. Turn the bacon in the pan often so the brown sugar crystallizes evenly.

After the bacon is cooked most of the way - stretch it out flat and finish cooking it until it is crisp.

Here's the finished Pig Candy as a side dish to a close relative - Smoked Sausage!

Happy eating!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Smoked Potato "Chips"

Smoked Potato "Chips" are easy to make and the variations are endless. This can be served as an appetizer or a side at your next BBQ.

Please note that they do take a while to cook in the smoker or oven. You can reduce the cooking time by pre-baking the potatoes the day before.

I use regular potatoes and sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes are a little chewier but still really good! Both are prepared the same basic way...

Cut the potato in 1/4" thick slices.
Drizzle olive oil over the slices and then add salt, pepper, mesquite rub, or whatever spices you like over the chips. Be careful not to add too much salt!
You can flip the slices over and add more spices but it usually isn't necessary.

I put these on the smoker at 250F - 300F depending on what else you are cooking. If the potatoes are pre-baked the cook time should be around 1 to 1 1/2 hours. If the potatoes are not pre-cooked then the cook time is 1 1/2 hours - 2 hours.
When done, they should be a bit crispy.
Smoked Potato "Chips"!