Tailgate Recipe: Marriages with Pig Candy, Pickle Recipe!

Pig Candied Pretzels

Pig Candied Pretzels

 

Grate food is being grilled off the tailgates in parking lots of stadiums in your home town.  From the Friday night lights straight through to the Sunday Spectaculars great grilled food is at a premium.  At GrateTV we are presenting a series of tailgate recipes that will focus on getting the cook to the party.  These are quick, delicious and unique dishes that are certain to put your tailgate prowess in the spotlight.

 

 

pickle recipe

Zesty Spears wrapped in Pig Candy!

 

Our first grilling adventure showcases one of our favorite treats; Pig Candy.  Since its invention, pig candy has been a much sought after treat for any grilling or smoking experience.  Taking delicious bacon, coating it with something spicy and sweet, then rendering it until it becomes a delectable morsel of porky goodness is always a treat.  In this episode we took pretzels (salty and savory), and dill pickles (salty and sour) and wrapped them in with our version of Pig Candy.

 

 

 

Watch the Pig Candy Pretzel and Pickle Episode!

 

 

Gather The Ingredients

 

Gather the ingredients

Gather the ingredients

 

The first order of business is to gather the ingredients.  Bacon, cayenne pepper, a low salt rub, and light brown sugar is that is needed to make Pig Candy.  Pretzel Rods seem gave us the best results for baked goodness.  They were easy to find, and one slice of bacon was a perfect fit.

 

 

 

Pickles and Bacon

Pickles and Bacon

 

Zesty Garlic Dills were chosen for the dill pickles.  “Zesty” is always a plus when making a unique treat.  Sliced dills were chosen but whole pickles will work fine too.  We preferred the pickle wedges to whole pickles; in fact one tip might be to cut the pickles one more time to increase the amount of treats in the jar.

 

 

Makin’ The Bacon

 

Lay the bacon on a board to season

Lay the bacon on a board to season

 

 

 

Lay the bacon out on a board or pan.

 

 

 

 

Seasoned Pickles and Bacon

Seasoned Pickles and Bacon

 

Zesty Garlic Dills were chosen for the dill pickles.  “Zesty” is always a plus when making a unique treat.  Sliced dills were chosen but whole pickles will work fine too.  We preferred the pickle wedges to whole pickles; in fact one tip might be to cut the pickles one more time to increase the amount of treats in the jar.

 

 

 

Seasont he bacon well

Seasont he bacon well

 

 

Season the bacon with the pig candy ingredients.  Cayenne pepper first, then the rub, then plenty of brown sugar.

 

 

 

Seasoned bacon and Pretzel Rods

Seasoned bacon and Pretzel Rods

 

Allow the spices to rehydrate and marry for a few minutes while you prepare a clean, medium heat grill.  Medium heat is best for this application.  Getting the bacon cooked is top priority.  To high of a heat might create a flare up from rendered bacon grease.  This type of flair up is counterproductive and dangerous.  Focus on getting the bacon cooked.  The pretzels and pickles will perform nicely with out much of a worry.

 

 

Wrap It Up!

Wrapped Pretzel Rods

 

Wrap each rod or spear with a piece of the seasoned bacon.  The rods will cover nicely with one piece of bacon.

 

 

 

Pickles wrapped in Pig Candy

Pickles wrapped in Pig Candy

 

 

Season them again, if needed, after the wrapping  step.  Fasten the seasoned bacon with a toothpick on the pickles.  It will make turning the spear much easier.

 

 

 

Flip after 10 minutes

Flip after 10 minutes

Grill It!

Put the rods on the coolest part of the grill.  This will keep the pretzels from breaking under the heat.Grill with the cover closed for about 10 minutes, flip and continue until the bacon is cooked completely.

 

 

 

Cook the pickles on the hotter part of the grill

Cook the pickles on the hotter part of the grill

 

 

Put the pickles on the hottest area.  The pickles can handle the heat and a charred pickle has a very unique and delicious flavor.

 

 

 

 

Serve with a dipping sauce

Serve with a dipping sauce

 

Remove from the grill and let cool for a minute or two and serve in a jar or on a plate with a dipping sauce.  Southwestern mustard goes great with both items!

 

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5 Responses to Tailgate Recipe: Marriages with Pig Candy, Pickle Recipe!

  1. Andre Pope October 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    Love it. My Candied Bacon Bloody Mary’s now have a new twist.

    • Bill West October 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

      Actually showing them off in a bloody mary very soon… keep it here!

  2. sandi@bouchillon.com October 1, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    I can’t wait to try this. I’m gona try it in a smoker. With the exception of myself, my family are BIG bacon fans.

    • Bill West October 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

      Thanks much – low temp on smoker may make bacon rubbery… but give it a go!

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