In a pan on medium heat add your sugar, and your water.
Gently stir with a spoon to ensure that the sugar is completely dissolved before it comes to a boil.
Let it go for approximately 20 minutes on medium heat – you are looking for a nice amber color and slow bubbling.
Cut the heat.
In the pan, add your pecans and toss to cover. While tossing, add a pinch of salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Serve them crumbled in a salad, on a dessert or just on their own.