Brian’s Homemade Bacon – Wet Cure

Brian’s Homemade Bacon – Wet Cure

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
My favorite bacon recipe.
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Course BBQ, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 39
Calories 602 kcal


  • 10 lbs Pork Belly 6-10lbs recommended


  • 2 gallons cold water not chlorinated – water weighs 8lb per gallon, so 16lbs of non-chlorinated water
  • 2 lbs kosher salt
  • 1.3 oz celery juice powder OR
  • 1 oz pink salt/sodium nitrite


  • 1 ½ Cup Maple Sugar
  • ½ Cup Punzo Sauce


  • In a large bin, add 2 gallons (16lbs) of non-chlorinated water
  • Add celery juice powder OR pink salt and stir to dissolve – NOT BOTH!
  • Add see salt (or kosher salt) and stir to dissolve.
  • Add pork belly to the bin.
  • Wet cure for minimum of 8 days up to 14 days in the refrigerator untouched.
  • Remove from refrigerator after 8-14 days and rinse 3 times to reduce sodium.
  • Pat dry.
  • Mix seasoning and spread all over pork belly Top, bottom, and sides)
  • Dry in fridge for at least 6 hours up to 24 on an open rack – OR go straight to the smoker.
  • Smoke COLD pork belly (helps smoke adhere) at 185˚F for 6 hours or until internal temp is 152°F. (You can bump up the temperature, it’s ok to go to 200˚ F or 225˚F, if needed)
  • My probe goal is set for 150˚ F.
  • I smoke with apple wood but you can use hickory as well.
  • Smoke COLD pork belly (helps smoke adhere) until internal temp is 152°F.
  • Remove and let rest and chill uncovered in fridge before slicing on meat slicer. If you can’t wait, hand slice and fry according to your taste.


You can use a vacuum seal bag instead of the open bins. If you do, make sure that you flip the bacon every 24 hours.
For seasoning, you can 1 cup brown sugar & 1/2 cup maple sugar.
You can season the bacon any way you like. My seasoning recipe is just what I like.  Many people like to use coarse black pepper, coffee & brown sugar, etc.  Just do what you laike!


Calories: 602kcalProtein: 11gFat: 62gSaturated Fat: 22gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 37mgPotassium: 215mgVitamin A: 12IUVitamin C: 0.3mgVitamin E: 0.5mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mgZinc: 1mg

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