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Peameal Bacon - Canadian Pickled Pork Bacon - Back bacon

Peameal Bacon - Canadian Pickled Pork Bacon - Back bacon Peameal Bacon - Canadian Pickled Pork Bacon - Back bacon Peameal Bacon - Canadian Pickled Pork Bacon - Back bacon Peameal Bacon - Canadian Pickled Pork Bacon - Back bacon

This is an easy to make version of real homemade Canadian Bacon. Also known as peameal bacon in Canada. Works wonderfully for peameal on a bun.













Trans-fat Free, Low Carb


2 cups water
1 cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup kosher salt
4 cloves garlic
whole, peeled and smashed
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons mustard seeds
2 tablespoons red hot pepper sauce
1 tablespoon celery seeds
1 bay leaves
¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
½ pound ice cubes
2 pounds pork loin
boneless, trimmed to 1/8 inch fat fresh


In a suitably sized pot:

Add the water, cider vinegar, salt, sugar, mustard seed, hot sauce, celery seed, bay leaf and black peppercorn and bring to the boil over high heat.

Reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes.

Remove from heat and add the ice to cool.

In a large zipper bag, place the pork loin, cooled pickling liquid and remove as much air as possible before sealing.

Even better seal in a vacuum bag.

Refrigerate for at least 4 days and up to two weeks.

Pat dry and roll in cornmeal if you desire a truly authentic Canadian peameal bacon experience.

To keep longer, remove from from the brine after about 1 week and freeze until ready to use.


In Canada this is called "peameal bacon", with the peameal coming from dried yellow peas that originally were ground into meal and packed around the meat to preserve it.

Today the "peameal" has been replaced by cornmeal. Canadian Bacon is un-cooked, and un-smoked.

Due to the brining, the results will be a juicy and succulent with a sweet, nutty and slightly salty flavor.

Typically serving would be slices, that need a quick sear in a skillet or grill for the classic Canadian roadside treat "Peameal on a Bun".

This is not to be confused with what is sold in the US as "Canadian Bacon".

"Canadian Bacon" sold in grocers in the US isn't REAL Canadian bacon. Americanized Canadian Bacon is usually shaped round, processed, smoked and sometimes pre-sliced ready to eat meat product that is similar to ham.

Peameal Bacon - Canadian Pickled Pork Bacon - Back bacon
Peameal Bacon - Canadian Pickled Pork Bacon - Back bacon


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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You did not mention the garlic or sugar in your directions!!

over 7 years ago

Obviously it would go into the brine

there is no hot sauce in this product... dumb version of a great meat.

over 3 years ago

Agree... No hot sauce! And no celery seed! Coriander seed and a couple of whole allspice would be appropriate.

over 3 years ago

I actually don't know but I would like a simple recipe for me to make for my son's project. You have to demonstrate how to make it, in less time. So, I would like to have a easy recipe you can make in 2 or 3 minutes.

how can you cure with no Pink salt.. this recipe will not cure!!

over 3 years ago

Meat will cure without nitrite (pink salt) with just salt or salt and sugar, but it will not turn pink.

about 3 years ago

The best part of making it yourself is avoiding nitrate and nitrite.

over 2 years ago

United States

Tastes NOTHING like peameal bacon. This recipe is junk.

over 2 years ago

its probably your skill level

Terrible taste, not even close to actual peameal

over 2 years ago

Dear Americans,

Y'all have been lied to, and I'm sorry. The peameal bacon y'all get is a processed disgrace. Embrace the traditional sandwich of peameal, mustard, and cheese. Also, everyone complaining about spice just needs to accessorize with some hot sauce, or something, but post-brine, on plate.



over 2 years ago

This is not how peameal bacon is made. I specifically take issue with the addition of vinegar (note that in the photo, the edges of the meat are gray, this is because of the vinegar). The spices aren't quite right, but one must allow for some variation in the spices used.

over 2 years ago

This is no where near what real Canadian Back Bacon is. The recipe and brine is entirely different from this AND it usually dry cured. It can be wet cured but dry is better. I have made this for years!
Please do not mix this recipe with the traditional and very tasty CDN back bacon!!

over 2 years ago

I am looking for a true Canadian recipe if anyone would like to share it with me. I agree this is not authentic.



for true "pea" meal bacon, buy some dried yellow split peas and do a coarse grind, better than corn meal

over 1 year ago

This is Alton Brown's (Food Network) recipe for pickled pork. Hence the vinegar. He uses it for pickling pork butt for making red beans and rice.

Most recipes for pea meal bacon will have Prague Powder #1, salt, sugar, and possibly garlic and spices.

5 months ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 223g (7.9 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 33351% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 3613mg 151%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Sugars g
Protein 65g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 6% Iron 7%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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