Homemade Applewood-Smoked Maple Bacon

Making bacon has been on my to-do list for a while now. I was able to find some nice pork belly in the butcher case, so I grabbed a few pounds and set off on making this homemade applewood-smoked maple bacon.

The end result was absolutely great. This is easily the best bacon I’ve ever had. There’s a hint of maple, a hint of smoke, and great texture and flavor. Outstandingly good and so easy that I will always make bacon from here on any time that I have my smoker going.

Homemade Applewood-Smoked Maple BaconPrice-wise, this bacon is also cheaper than store bought, and you can slice it any way that you like, from super thick to wafer thin. I think I paid about $1.99/pound for the pork. I did have to remove the skin (which I saved for making cracklins at a later time). That took a little effort. If you get your pork belly from a butcher you might want to ask to have the skin removed for you.

Homemade Applewood-Smoked Maple Bacon

Prep Time7 d
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time7 d 2 hrs
Course: Side
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 2 pound pork belly skin removed (save for making cracklins). Choose a belly that is consistent in thickness so that it cooks evenly.
  • 3 teaspoons kosher sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Curing Salt #1 see link below if you can't find it locally. DO NOT substitute any other kind of salt
  • 3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons real maple syrup Grade B if you can find it, otherwise Grade A will work do
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Instructions

  • Put the belly into a large resealable bag.
  • Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Add to the baggie.
  • Seal the bag, trying to remove as much air as possible. Place in to a deep flat pan (in case the bag leaks) in the fridge for 7 days, flipping over twice a day.
  • The day you are ready to smoke, fire up your smoker for 225 F cooking over a light wood such as apple.
  • Remove belly from the bag and rinse well with cold water.
  • Place belly onto smoker and smoke for 1 1/2-2 hours or until the meat reaches 150 F.
  • Remove belly from smoker and let cool slightly before placing in the fridge for an hour.
  • Slice bacon as desired. Bake, pan fry, or use however you wish!
  • Store smoked bacon in a plastic bag or container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Maple Bacon Milkshake

Well, there are good milkshakes and then there are great milkshakes. And you know that a maple bacon milkshake is great. It has to be. Quality vanilla ice cream, whole milk (no point in using lowfat milk in this milkshake), real maple syrup, and of course, bacon. A few seconds in the blender and into a glass, topped with whipped cream and a little bacon garnish. Absolutely fantastic!

Maple Bacon MilkshakeI love making and drinking milkshakes. They remind me of my days as a kid when I could drink as many of them as I could find. I have to exercise a bit more control now, but I still enjoy them. Try my cola, chocolate with Nutella and old fashioned malted milkshakes.

Maple Bacon Milkshake

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: Mike

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon cooked
  • 1/4 cup milk or more
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 medium scoops real vanilla Ice cream
  • Whipped cream

Instructions

  • Crumble 5 of the pieces of bacon into a blender.
  • Add the milk, syrup, salt, and ice cream.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into chilled glasses and top with whipped cream and additional bacon piece.

Grilled Maple Bacon Donuts

You have the grill fired up. You just finished off a great dinner consisting of burgers, grilled corn-on-the-cob, a wedge salad, and some ice cold watermelon. It’s time for some grilled maple bacon donuts! Just toss a few donuts on a hot grill for 1 or so minutes per side, just long enough to get them warm and get some pretty grill marks, and you’re ready to eat!

GrilledMapleBaconDonutsI used maple syrup, but you know these treats would be just as great with chocolate or fudge syrup and chopped toasted nuts. Or anything, really. NOTHING is as good as a grilled glazed donut. Nothing. Well, maybe you could use a bear claw. Or an eclair. Oh man, an elcair! Ok, that’s what I’m making next!

Grilled Maple Bacon Donuts

Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Mike

Ingredients

  • 4 glazed donuts
  • Maple syrup the real stuff
  • 2-3 pieces smoked bacon cooked (you have the grill going so might as well cook the bacon on the grill!), crumbled

Instructions

  • Grill the donuts for about 1 minute on each side.
  • Serve drizzled with syrup and sprinkled with the bacon.