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Peameal Bacon - Canadian Pickled Pork Bacon - Back bacon

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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, 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Today the "peameal" has been replaced by cornmeal.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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Valrico, United States
 almost 5 years ago

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

Obviously it would go into the brine

Home chef
Sheldon, United States
 over 2 years ago

 9 months ago

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

 9 months ago

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

Vancouver, Canada
 8 months ago

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

Miami, United States
 5 months ago

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

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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