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Canadian Bacon Recipe
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Canadian Bacon Recipe

Canadian bacon, also known as "back bacon," is simply a type of bacon that features the pork loin from a pig's back; it can also include pork belly. Any cut of pork that you might consider worthy for a platter of pork chops is just as perfect for making Canadian bacon at home.

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Canadian Bacon
Servings: 1
Calories: 157kcal

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Scale
  • Medium size container for dry ingredients
  • Rubber gloves (optional). Consider these if you want to avoid getting the cure on your hands.
  • 1 plastic Zip-lock bag, gallon-size
  • A pan wide enough to accommodate your pork loin
  • Refrigerator, or other temperature-controlled storage device
  • Smoker
  • ​Smoking wood, use whichever variety you prefer most

Ingredients

  • Pork loin





  • Dry Meat Cure
    1 tablespoon per pound of trimmed boneless pork loin




  • Sugar
    1 teaspoon per pound of trimmed pork loin

  • 1/4

    Cup

    Cayenne pepper

  • 1

    Teaspoon

    Basil, dried

  • 1

    Teaspoon Onion powder

  • 1

    Teaspoon Garlic powder

  • 1 Teaspoon Hungarian Paprika

  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper, coarse

  • Extra virgin olive oil or unsalted butter

Instructions

  • Use your knife and make sure that you trim away any and all unwanted fat, as well as the "silver skin" found within pork.

  • Do your best to trim the meat down to whole pounds for easy math down the road.

  • The less your boneless pork loin weighs, the quicker it can finish cooking.

  • Weight is incredibly important when it comes to assessing just how much seasoning is required for the meat.

  • Place your meat on the scale and zero in on its weight as soon as you can.

  • While you can still have acceptable Canadian bacon if you hiccup on the seasoning, the same cannot be said when it comes to the amount of cure you apply to the meat.

  • Because the meat's weight is so important to proper curing, many people who cure meat tend to measure by weight, usually down to the gram, instead of relying upon measuring spoons.

  • Combine your cure and sugar into a single bowl.

  • Grab a big handful of the mixture and rub it all over the pork loin, making sure to get it into every crevice.

  • Once you have saturated the loin with sugar and cure, toss it into the gallon Zip-Lock bag along with any remaining cure.

  • Take the bagged pork loin, push out every molecule of air that you possibly can, then seal the bag.

  • Lay the bagged loin within a pan to minimize the fallout from a leak.

  • Put the panned-and-bagged loin into your refrigerator.

  • Ensure the fridge's temperature is set between 33° and 40° Fahrenheit; anything colder inhibits curing and anything warmer could spoil your loin before it can properly cure.

  • The loin requires a number of days to cure equal to half its thickness in inches, divided by four; for example, a 3" thick pork loin would require six days of curing because 0.25 goes into 1.5 six times.

  • Make sure to flip the loin each day, this will ensure that the cure maintains an even distribution across and within the pork loin.

  • If you are still leery of under-curing the loin, give it an extra two days.

  • Once your pork loin has been given the appropriate amount of time to cure, remove it from its bag and rinse it free of any remaining cure using cold water.

  • Slice off a small piece of the loin and fry it to an even brown using a pan and either a pat of butter of 1 teaspoon of oil.

  • Once you've properly cooked the loin, give it a taste to gauge the salt content; if you detect too much salt, you can soak it in cold water, possibly with some quartered raw potatoes, for half an hour.

  • While you may not need to do this, it is a handy trick to know.

  • You've got a basic Canadian bacon; feel free to add the various seasonings on the ingredients list at this point, seasonings like paprika, onion powder and black pepper.

  • Once everything checks out with the cured loin, start your smoker up and get it around 180° to 200° Fahrenheit.

  • For wood you can use anything you like as a smoky flavor, like applewood. Put your Canadian bacon into the smoker and cook it until you reach the desired internal temperature.

  • Stop once the meat reaches an internal temperature of 140° Fahrenheit.

  • While this will preserve some moisture, you must cook this bacon through before consuming it.

  • Stop at an internal temperature of 160° Fahrenheit.

  • This is the ideal approach for keeping it primed and ready within the fridge for sandwiches, pizza, omelets or whatever you might want to add it to.

Nutrition

Serving: 100g | Calories: 157kcal