Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon
Homemade Bacon
Total:
3 hr 30 min
Active:
30 min
Yield:
3 1/2 pounds bacon
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
3 hr 30 min
Active:
30 min
Yield:
3 1/2 pounds bacon
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Directions

Rinse the pork belly and pat dry. Transfer to a resealable 2-gallon plastic bag. To make the spice rub, mix the kosher salt, pink salt, brown sugar, honey, red pepper flakes, paprika and cumin in a bowl. Coat the pork belly all over with the mixture.

Close the bag and refrigerate 7 to 10 days, flipping once a day, until the pork belly feels firm. It should take 7 days for a thin belly that is about 11/2 inches thick, longer for a belly that's 2 to 3 inches thick.

Remove the pork belly from the bag, rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Refrigerate the belly on a rack, uncovered, 48 hours.

Set up your smoker according to the manufacturer's instructions using applewood chips, and set to 200 degrees F. Smoke the pork belly 3 hours, or until the bacon reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees F.

Remove the rind (optional), then slice and cook as desired. To store, wrap the bacon in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze up to 2 months.

Pink curing salt is a mix of salt and sodium nitrite. It keeps the meat pink and protects it from bacteria. You can find it at specialty food stores or online.

Photograph by Charles Masters

Cook's Note

If you don't have a smoker, you can cook the pork belly in a 200 degrees F oven until it registers 150 degrees F on a meat thermometer. (Times will vary; check after about 2 hours.)

Categories:
More from:

Better with Bacon

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Gina's Homemade Lemonade

Recipe courtesy of The Neelys

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Homemade Granola Bars

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes With Honey Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Aaron McCargo Jr.

Homemade Roast Beef Sandwich Au Jus

Recipe courtesy of Jeff Mauro

Green Bean Casserole with Homemade Mushroom Gravy

Recipe courtesy of Guy Fieri

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Bacon Deviled Eggs

Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee

Clam and Bacon Soup

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Plaster Chocolate Cake 05:58

This cake is so rich and creamy that Raiza Costa wants to plaster the world with it.

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          On TV

          Get Cooking