Smoked Back Bacon


Homemade back bacon, a salty and sweet treat! It can be eaten after smoking or pan-fried afterwards. I like it on an egg and English muffin breakfast sandwich.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
3 days
Total Time:
3 days 2 hrs 40 mins
4 servings


  • 6 cups water

  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon pink salt #1 (curing salt)

  • 1 (1 pound) pork tenderloin


  1. Mix water, kosher salt, sugar, maple syrup, garlic powder, and curing salt until dissolved.

  2. Place the pork loin in a large bag or food-safe container large enough to completely submerge it in the brine. Add brine and refrigerate for at least 3 days.

  3. Remove pork from brine and pat dry with paper towels; discard brine.

  4. Preheat a smoker to 180 degrees F (82 degrees C) according to manufacturer's instructions.

  5. Place pork onto wire racks. Place the racks into the smoker. Add wood chips according to manufacturer's directions. Smoke until pork is slightly pink in the center, about 2 1/2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Let cool before slicing.

Editor's Notes:

Always brine foods in a food-grade, nonreactive container such as a stainless steel or enameled stockpot, a brining bag, or a food-grade plastic bucket.

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of brine ingredients. The actual amount of brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

147 Calories
2g Fat
13g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 147
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 4515mg 196%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 18g
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 309mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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