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Making Fresh Bacon at Home

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Making Fresh Bacon at Home
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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.

Makes 16 Portions of Fresh Bacon

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Needs to be chilled overnight: 12 hours

Total Time: 17 hours, 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 pound piece pork belly, tough rind/skin trimmed off
  • 2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

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 over night.

Unwrap the pork belly and scrap off any gelatinous juices. Cut into think 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.

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