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Making bacon at home is not difficult. You can add your own blend of spices to create the perfect taste for your family. This recipe is for a basic homemade bacon.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Curing time10 d
Total Time10 d 2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, basic bacon, homemade bacon, pork
Author: Debbie


  • 2-3 pounds pork belly
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons kosher or sea salt do not use iodized salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tender Quick


  • Mix the sugar, salts, pepper, and tender quick together in a medium bowl.
  • Rub the mixture into the pork belly.
  • Place into a one gallon ziploc bag and refrigerate for 10-14 days. Flip daily and massage the mixture into the meat.
  • Remove from the bag and rinse thoroughly.
  • Place onto baking racks and refrigerate overnight. Add any additional seasonings you desire.
  • Smoke at 200 degrees for approximately 2 hours until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees.
  • Slice to your desired thickness and enjoy! This can also be frozen for later use.