Baconfest Michigan Preview: Lazybones Smokehouse’s Pig Candy

Bacon can be thought of as a close relative of barbecue. It can also be thought of the candy of the pig.

And that’s exactly what Lazybones Smokehouse makes with its house-smoked bacon: pig candy.

“We get a whole pork belly and smoke it over apple wood from a local orchard,” says Jenny Smiljanovki, wife of Chef Benny, owner of Lazybones Smokehouse. “We smoke it with an apple cider vinegar mop for 1½-2 hours. After the smoking process, we coat it with brown sugar and spices – a little bit of sweet and a little bit of spicy, bake it and roll it in brown sugar when it comes out of the oven. ”

If this sounds like anything that should be illegal, it’s at least packaged that way. As I paid for and made my way off with a baggie of the good stuff, I pulled out a candied line of bacon and took in a heavy hit of smoky, sweet and peppery spiciness that could have flavored an entire barbecue pork sandwich in just one little bite.

Pig candy will be one of the delicacies served at Baconfest Michigan at the Royal Oak Farmers Market on Saturday, June 2. If you can’t wait until then, you can pick some pig candy at the Lazybones’ locations in Roseville and Clinton Township. If you really want to amp up the bacon euphoria, get a couple of triple chocolate brownies that are kicked up with pig candy in the mix.

Lazybones Smokehouse is located at 27475 Groesbeck Highway in Roseville and 43203 Garfield Road in Clinton Township.

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