Savory succulent Homemade Bacon is served over Hominy Grits and topped with some fresh coriander

Homemade Bacon

This unique bacon recipe has become a staple in our family, bringing us together with its mouthwatering aroma and incredible taste. From Sunday brunches to holiday dinners, our love for this culinary delight knows no bounds!

Celebrate the irresistible allure of bacon with this simple homemade bacon recipe!

Bacon has a rich history that dates back centuries, captivating taste buds with its smoky and savory flavors. Did you know that bacon can be made from different cuts of meat, including the beloved pork belly? In this recipe, I’ll show you how to transform succulent slices of pork belly into crispy and flavorful pork bacon.

Pork belly, with its perfect balance of meat and fat, is the key ingredient in creating mouthwatering bacon. It’s a versatile cut that lends itself beautifully to the curing and smoking process, resulting in strips of heavenly goodness that can elevate any dish. With a simple yet enticing marinade consisting of soy sauce, maple syrup, liquid smoke, garlic powder, and black pepper, you’ll infuse the pork belly with an irresistible blend of flavors.

The beauty of this recipe lies not only in its simplicity but also in the transformative power it holds. By marinating the pork belly and then baking it to crispy perfection, you’ll create a homemade bacon that rivals any store-bought variety. The aroma that fills your kitchen as it cooks is simply tantalizing.

Homemade Bacon made with succulent pork belly served over hominy grits
Homemade Bacon and Grits

I encourage you to give this recipe a try and experience the joy of making your own homemade bacon.   Discover a world of culinary possibilities at your fingertips! This delectable creation can be savored on its own, offering an indulgent and crispy delight that is hard to resist. The smoky and savory flavors of homemade bacon can also elevate a variety of dishes, adding a burst of deliciousness. Crumble it over creamy scrambled eggs for a hearty breakfast, or sprinkle it on top of a fresh salad to add a delightful crunch. For a truly mouthwatering twist, wrap a slice around a juicy chicken breast before grilling, infusing it with a burst of smoky goodness. Homemade bacon can also be a star ingredient in comfort classics like loaded potato soup or a creamy carbonara pasta. Let your creativity run wild, and explore the endless ways you can incorporate this homemade bacon into your favorite recipes.

Don’t forget to share your culinary adventures in the comments below, and inspire others with your bacon-inspired creations!

Homemade Bacon

This homemade bacon recipe allows you to take control of the flavors and quality of your bacon. With just a few simple ingredients and some patience, you can create perfectly seasoned and cured bacon that is free from artificial additives. Whether you prefer crispy bacon strips for breakfast or want to incorporate it into your favorite dishes for added smoky goodness, this recipe will surely elevate your culinary creations. Say goodbye to store-bought bacon and embrace the deliciousness of homemade goodness!

PREP COOKING YIELD
2 hours 15 mins 1 lb of Bacon
PREP 2 hours
COOKING 15 mins
YIELD 1 lb of Bacon
Savory succulent Homemade Bacon is served over Hominy Grits and topped with some fresh coriander

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (450g) sliced pork belly
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP Maple Syrup
  • 1 TBSP liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions:

  • In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, maple syrup, liquid smoke, garlic powder, and black pepper. Stir well to ensure all the ingredients are mixed together.
  • Place the sliced pork belly in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag.
  • Pour the marinade over the pork belly, making sure it is fully coated. You can use a brush or your hands to evenly distribute the marinade.
  • Cover the dish or seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or ideally overnight. This allows the flavors to penetrate the meat.

Bacon marinating in a ziplock bag

Oven Baking Directions

Bacon ready for baking, lined up on a tray

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Remove the marinated pork belly from the refrigerator and place it on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  • Bake the pork belly in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until it is cooked through and crispy on the edges.
  • Once cooked, remove the pork bacon from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

Oven baked bacon in the pan

Pan Frying Directions

  • Fry in a skillet over medium heat. Turn once while cooking. Be careful not to burn it.
  • Remove from the pan and lay over some paper towels to absorb the extra grease.

Uncooked bacon in a skillet

Pan Fried Bacon in the skillet

Enjoy the pork bacon as is, or use it in sandwiches, salads, or any other dishes you like.

Notes:

  • Use high-quality pork belly for the best results. Look for a slices with a good balance of fat and meat.
  • When pan frying the bacon, start with a cold pan to render the fat slowly and prevent the bacon from burning. Cook over medium heat until crispy.
  • Try some variations in the marinade such as substituting brown sugar for maple syrup or adding paprika to create your own unique twist.
  • Store the homemade bacon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or freeze it for longer storage.

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