This recipe is used for smoked pork and bacon, and will work for Canadian bacon as well This bacon needs lots of smoke.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs
Additional Time:
6 days
Total Time:
6 days 6 hrs 10 mins
4 pounds bacon


  • 4 pounds raw pork belly

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup sugar-based curing mixture (such as Morton® Tender Quick®)

  • 1 gallon cold water, or as needed

  • 1 (10 pound) bag charcoal briquettes

  • hickory or apple wood chips


  1. In a 2 gallon container, mix together the brown sugar, curing mixture, and water. Submerge the pork belly in the mixture so that it is covered completely. If the meat floats, you can weigh it down with a dinner plate or similar object. Refrigerate covered for six days.

  2. Light charcoal in an outdoor smoker. Soak wood chips in a bowl of water. When the temperature of the smoker is between 140 and 150 degrees coals are ready. Smoke the pork belly for 6 hours, throwing a handful of wood chips on the coals about once an hour. Store in the refrigerator. Slice and fry as you would with store-bought bacon.

Canadian Bacon

For Canadian bacon, use a pork tenderloin. Use the same amounts of ingredients per pound as for pork belly. Increase the temperature of the smoker to 180 degrees after 4 hours, and cook until the internal temperature of the meat is 165 degrees F(70 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

614 Calories
60g Fat
7g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 614
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 60g 77%
Saturated Fat 22g 110%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 1814mg 79%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 222mg 5%

* 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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