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Homemade Bacon

My first attempt at homemade bacon and it came out great!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
curing7 d
Course: Ingredient
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade
Servings: 2 slabs


Classic version

  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons pink curing salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chile flakes
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Teriyaki Version

  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons pink curing salt
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger


  • Start with a 5 pound slab of pork belly. Mix the rub or marinade ingredients together. Rub the pork or pour the marinade over it and put it into the fridge for 7-10 days.
  • Remove from fridge and rinse thoroughly. If you don't rinse it well enough during this step, it may become too salty.
  • Put into your preheated smoker at 250 degrees and smoke until the internal temp reaches 150.
  • Remove from smoker and cool. Slice into thin bacon slices and use as you would any other bacon!