Making Fresh Bacon at Home

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  • 5 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • Yield: Makes 16 servings
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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.

This recipe makes 16 portions of fresh bacon.

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.

4. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with more salt if needed.