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Thanksgiving Goodies




It’s getting to be that time of year when we all look forward to lots and lots of wonderful food. To that end, we’re sharing some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes  . .  . not necessarily jerky but nonetheless – delicious.


We’re including some that are ‘no sugar added’ as well as 50% sugar free for those on a sugar restricted diets. Hope you enjoy them.

Sugar Free & 50% Sugar Free Recipes

Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce

Powdered Sugar from Splenda   (use this in place of  regular powdered sugar)

29 Sugar Free Desserts

Sixteen (16)  50% Sugar Free Desserts



Traditional Recipes

Bourbon Pecan Pie

Rum Cake w/Rum Glaze

Chocolate Cake in the Pan  (Traditional) or  Chocolate Cake in the Pan  (50% sugar free)


And for those that would like to use their jerky in a recipe, check out the recipes at this link where jerky is an ingredient in dishes such as biscuits, gravy, etc.


Check back when we’ll pass along a terrific recipe for Christmas and offer up some recommendations for those on the shopping list who love to make jerky.


Sweet Jerky & Pig Candy


Sweet & Spicy Jerky

If you like jerky AND have a sweet tooth, this post is for you. We’re taking a look at making sweet jerky.    Some varieties are just sweet,  while some have a  hint of heat added in.  What ever your taste, you likely will find a flavor you like right here.

Most of the recipes given below are for beef, however, we’ve also included a link to a recipe for a sweet venison jerky.

The recipes are not listed in any particular order – but we have shown the primary ingredients for each one.  Note:  Not all ingredients have been listed . . .  so if you are going to try making one, please visit the link to get the complete recipe.

Honey Jerky – Honey, garlic, soy sauce, liquid smoke, lemon juice, black pepper  . . .

Sweet Teriyaki Jerky – Brown sugar, teriyaki sauce, hickory flavor liquid smoke, onion flavor, garlic flavor, …..

Not Too Sweet (Spicy) – Brown sugar, soy sauce, teriyaki, balsamic vinegar, pineapple juice, red pepper flakes, …..

Sweet – Hot Jerky – Brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, red pepper, ….  (Very similar to the recipe – “Not Too Sweet” with minor variations.

Sweet – Spicy Venison –   Brown sugar, lemon juice, liquid smoke flavoring, hot pepper sauce, paprika, . . .


Pig Candy aka Sugared Bacon

Although not really jerky,  Pig Candy sounded too good to leave out.  The difference between sweet jerky and pig candy is that pig candy uses a thick sliced bacon rather than thin sliced beef or venison used for making jerky.

Have to say I’ve not tried eating ‘pig candy’ but since I do love bacon and I do love sweets, seems like it would be a ‘no brainer’.

Pig bacon can be ordered directly from Amazon or you can make your own.

We’ve listed several recipes below – showing the primary ingredients. Again, if you plan on making one, visit the link for the complete recipe.

And, don’t forget, you want to get thick sliced bacon for making this treat.  In fact, quite a few of the recipes we reviewed called for Applewood smoked bacon – and some gave the option of using either dark or light brown sugar.

Pig Candy 1 – Brown sugar, dry mustard, chili powder, cayenne, pecans

Pig Candy 2 – Brown sugar, ancho chile powder

Pig Candy 3 – Brown sugar, cayenne

Pig Candy 4 – Brown sugar, cayenne, sherry vinegar

Pig Candy 5 – Brown Sugar, cayenne, maple syrup


Enjoy !