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Bacon

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Bacon is a cured meat prepared from a pig. It is first cured in a brine or in a dry packing, either containing large amounts of salt; the result is fresh bacon (also green bacon). Fresh bacon may then be further dried for weeks or months (usually in cold air), boiled, or smoked. Fresh and dried bacon must be cooked before eating. Boiled bacon is ready to eat, as is some smoked bacon, but either may be cooked further before eating.

Bacon is prepared from several different cuts of meat. It is usually made from side and back cuts of pork, except in the United States, where it is almost always prepared from pork belly (typically referred to as "streaky", "fatty", or "American style" outside of the US). The side cut has more meat and less fat than the belly. Bacon may be prepared from either of two distinct back cuts: fatback, which is almost pure fat, and pork loin, which is very lean. Bacon-cured pork loin is known as back bacon.

Four 14-gram (0.5 oz) slices of bacon together contain 7.45 grams (0.26 oz) of fat, of which about half is monounsaturated, a third is saturated and a sixth is polyunsaturated, and 7.72 grams (0.27 oz) of protein. Four pieces of bacon can also contain up to 800 mg of sodium, which is roughly equivalent to 1.92 grams of salt. The fat and protein content varies depending on the cut and cooking method.


Bacon is usually high in salt and saturated fat; excessive consumption of both is related to a variety of health problems.


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Hormel Black Label Bacon Variety 6lb Stack Pack (4 Pack/24oz Each)

Hormel Black Label Bacon Variety 6lb Stack Pack (4 Pack/24oz Each)

by Hormel - DropShip

Three smoked flavors: Cherrywood, pecan wood, Applewood Gluten free 5 grams of protein per serving

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Broadbent's Kentucky Bacon - Applewood Smoked (14 ounce)

Broadbent's Kentucky Bacon - Applewood Smoked (14 ounce)

by Broadbent

Ships expedited in a reusable insulated cooler to ensure freshness Broadbent old-fashioned country smoked bacon has been made the same way for the last 100 years Every slab is hand rubbed with dry cure ingredients, then slow smoked for an unforgettable flavor that has been loved for generations Since this bacon is dry-cured with a rub, it does not soak up water like commercial bacons that are brined This means less shrinking in the pan, so you'll get more bacon bang for your buck!

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Brown Sugar Bacon Jerky Candied Bacon

Brown Sugar Bacon Jerky Candied Bacon

by CJ's Ultimate Foods LLC

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Bacon Gift Set

Bacon Gift Set

by Collectable Playing Cards

Bacon Lovers Playing Cards - Bacon Gumballs Bacon Bandages - Bacon Lip Balm Bacon Tooth Picks - Bacon Floss Sizzling Bacon Candy

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5 LBS Buckboard Bacon - Made Fresh, Allow 1 Week for Processing - Ship To These States Only: AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, ME, MA, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV

5 LBS Buckboard Bacon - Made Fresh, Allow 1 Week for Processing - Ship To These States Only: AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, ME, MA, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV

by Sam's Butcher Shop

Ship To These States Only: AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, ME, MA, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV Shipped in Temperature Controlled Containers Made Fresh, Allow 1 Week for Processing Artisan Small-Batch Quality

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Smithfield Country Cured Slab Bacon in a Burlap Bag - Flavor: Country Cured Quarter Slab Bacon Unsliced: 2lbs

Smithfield Country Cured Slab Bacon in a Burlap Bag - Flavor: Country Cured Quarter Slab Bacon Unsliced: 2lbs

by Smithfield

Olde World cured bacon hand-rubbed with sugar and salt, coated with black pepper, then slow cured and hickory smoked for full smokehouse flavor. May require 1-2 days extra processing time. Smithfield Country Cured Slab Bacon in a Burlap Bag

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Pig of the Month Gourmet 3lb Bacon Lovers Feast Gift Basket

Pig of the Month Gourmet 3lb Bacon Lovers Feast Gift Basket

Includes cooking ideas and storing guidelines All natural, Gluten Free, No Nitrites! Bacon, bacon, bacon...what's not to love? It's perfect for lazy Saturday mornings, paired with pancakes and coffee, even better on a classic turkey sandwich, or the crowning glory around your grilled filet mignon or scallops. Any way you have it is heaven. It's always the perfect mix of salty, crunchy, and meaty in one bite. We've put together our favorite mix of sweet and savory bacon in this package - it's a foolproof gift idea for the meaty lover in your life, but don't forget to grab a pack for you and the family too! Here's what you get: 1lb cracked pepper and garlic bacon 1lb chipotle bacon 1lb applewood smoked maple sugar bacon

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Bacon Chocolate Covered Twinkie - Twinkies & Bacon Dipped in Dark Chocolate

Bacon Chocolate Covered Twinkie - Twinkies & Bacon Dipped in Dark Chocolate

by Bacon Addicts

The greatest combination of all time...Crispy Bacon, Dark Chocolate & Twinkie! America's favorite cream filled snack cake and a strip of real bacon enrobed in a deliciously rich dark chocolate. INCLUDES ONE BACON CHOCOLATE TWINKIE. WARM WEATHER ALERT - THIS ITEM IS NOT SHIPPED IN A COLD PACK, SO PLEASE REFRAIN FROM HAVING IT SHIPPED TO A DESTINATION WITH OUTSIDE TEMPERATURES OVER 75 DEGREES (OTHERWISE THE CHOCOLATE MAY MELT!). WARNING - Produced in facility that uses tree nuts, peanuts, gluten and dairy products.

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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice cooked (8g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 43Calories from Fat 30
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1.1g 5%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 184mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 0.1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0.0
Protein 3.0g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Bacon is usually found in the meats section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Bacon is a member of the Pork Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much does bacon weigh?

measure grams
1 slice cooked 8
1 slice raw 29

In Chinese:熏肉
British (UK) term: Bacon
en français:le bacon
en español:tocino

Recipes using bacon

There are 1315 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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