Beer flavored cowboy candy

You like candy and peppers? You're not scared from a challenge? The daredevil among your friends? Try the Cowboy candy! How spicy will you go? Learn how to make the candied peppers with the following recipe!

Course candy, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Belgian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 10 (or more) Hot peppers Pick the pepper of your taste or a variation of peppers
  • 250 ml beer syrup


  1. First you need to make your beer syrup by this recipe. You can use different beer than I did but it will lead to a different taste (like this porter syrup on Amazon if you don't feel like making it). Next time I will use a beer that leads to more hop notes in the end result. You can also opt for simple syrup but again the result will be less complex in flavor profile.

  2. Gently heat the syrup (make sure it doesn't boil). While the syrup is warming you can slice the peppers in rings. 

  3. Add the peppers to the hot syrup and let them infuse for 20 minutes.

  4. Remove the peppers from the syrup put them on a tray with a baking sheet and dry them in your BBQ/smoker (or oven) for 2 hrs at +- 70°C/160°F. If you can't control your BBQ at that temperature it's safer to use the oven. It's a sidedish after all.

  5. Put them aside to cool down uncoverd so the syrup can dry out a bit more. 

Have fun with this delicious piece of candy and don't forget to tell your friends about it!