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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 !

Sun – Solar Oven for Making Jerky

Homemade jerky is always a healthy treat. You get to choose the meat, the flavor, the type (strip or stick)  and best of all, you get to skip all the additives found in some store-bought jerky.


How you dry your homemade jerky is also a choice. You  can use a dehydrator, traditional oven or outside smoker.  But have you ever thought about using   a sun/solar oven.  Good thing about these ovens, they can also be used as an alternate method of cooking ‘regular’ meals for camping  or should the power be out, they can fill in for the traditional electric oven.


Most sun/solar ovens are basically the same in materials used, construction – reflector, door/sides,   and size.  However, when shopping for one, look for one that has adjustable, multiple racks.  This will allow you to dehydrate more jerky at a time – and, if using it as a traditional oven, you will be able to cook more than one item at a time.


What can you cook in a sun/solar oven?

Anything you would in a traditional oven. While this is true, maintaining a constant temperature – even a temperature within a range of degrees – will depend on testing the various angles of the reflector and  the strength of the sun.    Once you have obtained the desired temperature, the rule of thumb is to adjust angle every 30 minutes.


How long to cook jerky in a sun/solar oven?

Once the correct temperature (or range) has been attained and is being maintained, the dehydrating time would be the same as making jerky in a conventional oven.  

When using a sun/solar oven for making jerky – just like when making jerky in a traditional oven – you want to leave a crack in the door so that the moist air can escape. [1]


Meat Preparation for Sun/Solar Oven

The process of preparing the meat for making jerky – strip or stick – is the same as for using a dehydrator.

The main thing to keep in mind is to maintain a constant temperature so as to not allow the growth of bacteria or end up ‘cooking’ the meat.