Homemade Savory Pepper Bacon

Homemade Savory Pepper Bacon

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Steve @ SeriousKetoCourse: Breakfast & EggsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium


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This is another bacon recipe from Michael Ruhlman’s book Ruhlman’s Twenty. I make it keto by swapping out the brown sugar for brown sugar substitute. In the video, I use Truvia brown (which does contain some sugar and molasses) in the cure, however this is rinsed off before smokin). I can honestly say that this is the best bacon I’ve ever tasted.


  • 10 lbs pork belly

  • 6 TB kosher salt

  • 2 tsp pink curing salt #1

  • 4 TB brown sugar substitute

  • 2 TB coarse ground black pepper

  • 4 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 8 crumbled bay leaves

  • 8 cloves garlic, smashed


  • Cut the pork belly into two equal sized pieces and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • In a bowl, mix all ingredients except the pork belly.
  • Place one half of the pork belly in a jumbo (2.5 gallon) Zip-Loc bag, then rub a little more than half of your curing mixture over both sides. Add the second half of the pork belly to the bag and rub the remaining curing mixture over it.
  • Squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible and wipe the zipper with a paper towel to remove any pepper granules then zip it shut. I strongly encourage you to double bag.
  • Let the pork belly cure in a refrigerator for seven days, flipping the bag every other day.
  • After seven days, remove the bacon from the refrigerator, rinse it and pat it dry. Then return it to the fridge to dry for at least 4 hours (or up to overnight).
  • Set a smoker to 200 degrees using the wood chips of your choice (I used cherry wood) and smoke your pork belly to an internal temperature of 150F (roughly 2 hours).
  • Remove bacon from smoker and let cool in refrigerator over night.
  • Slice with a knife — or better yet, a deli meat slicer.

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  • I can’t include specific nutritional info on this recipe, as it will vary based on how fatty your bacon is and how thick you slice it. Carbs should essentially be zero.

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