cured and smoked pork belly
This article is about the cured meat. For other uses, see Bacon (disambiguation).

Bacon is a cured meat prepared from a pig. It is first cured using large quantities of salt, either in a brine or in a dry packing; 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 and egg on toast, garnished with a strawberry


  • Bacon is something that everybody is familiar with and most people grew up eating. It has a comfort aspect to it and a familiarity. It's also got an addictive aspect to it - that sweet and salty combination of flavors. And it's probably just a little bit unhealthy for you. When you get to have bacon, it's exciting and something you look forward to.
  • Ethically, she couldn't cause the suffering of any living thing. Logically, bacon cheeseburgers were delicious.
Cooked rasher of streaky bacon
  • One bacon does not compare to another.*
    • Konrad Stragier in "Bacon matters, a conversation on cured vs raw meats", 2016

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