Chef Ken's Homemade Bacon

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 5 lb Pork belly
  • 1 ¼ tsp Prague powder 5.7 grams
  • 5 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 5 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Maple syrup + 1 tsp
  • 3 tbsp Black pepper, cracked + 1 tsp
  • 1 ½ tsp Red pepper crushed


  • Prepare cure, combined all ingredients into a paste.
  • Place pork in a large zip lock bag, rub cure onto meat.
  • Seal the bag, and refrigerate for 7 days, turning once daily.
  • Remove from bag and rinse off cure & slimy build-up on exterior of pork.
  • Pat belly dry, place on wire rack over sheet pan, sprinkle with more black pepper, and leave on the rack, refrigerated for another 24 hours.
  • Develop the pellicle on the outside of the bacon.
  • Pre-heat smoker to 160-170℉. Use hickory, apple, or maple wood chips.
  • Place bacon on grill plate and smoke approximately 6 hours, or until 155℉.
  • Remove and chill bacon completely. Slice to purpose and cook.