Making Fresh Uncured Bacon at Home

uncured bacon
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  • 5 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • Yield: 16 pieces
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Can you make your own fresh bacon at home? Sort of. This method is for a (relatively) quick, uncured, unsmoked, fresh bacon. Whether it's for a nice BLT, or to serve next to eggs for breakfast, making your own fresh bacon is a fun and delicious project.

What You'll Need

  • 4-pound piece pork belly, tough rind/skin trimmed off
  • 2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 200°F.
  2. Combine the spices and coat the pork belly thoroughly all over. Wrap snugly in two layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place in a roasting pan and cook for 3 1/2 hours. Turn off oven and leave the pork inside to cool for 1 1/2 hours. Remove and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Unwrap the pork belly and scrape off any gelatinous juices. Cut into thick slices and brown in a pan just as if you were cooking bacon. A little extra fat from the foil can be added to the pan to help get things going.
  1. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with more salt if needed.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 592
Total Fat 60 g
Saturated Fat 22 g
Unsaturated Fat 28 g
Cholesterol 82 mg
Sodium 909 mg
Carbohydrates 1 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 11 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)