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A cured loin of pork that has been rolled in cornmeal and sliced - proper peameal bacon!
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How to Make Peameal Bacon and Back Bacon

Peameal and Back Bacon are ubiquitous in Canada, but hard to come by elsewhere. Luckily, they're both easy to make, here's how!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Curing Time5 d
Total Time5 d 3 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: Back Bacon, back bacon recipe, Canadian peameal bacon, Cured Meats, Curing, Ham, More Than Poutine Book, Peameal, peameal bacon, peameal bacon recipe, peameal ham, Smoked
Servings: 16 servings - 4 Lbs of finished bacon, approximately
Calories: 216kcal
Author: Marie Porter


Smoker (For Back Bacon)
Wood chips of choice (for Back Bacon)


  • 1 Pork Loin About 4 lbs
  • 12 Cups Cold Water Divided
  • 1 Cup Maple Syrup
  • ½ Cup Pickling Salt
  • 2 tsp Prague #1 Cure
  • 2 Tbsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 tsp Black Peppercorns
  • 4 Garlic cloves Pressed
  • 3 Whole Cloves
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Lemon Sliced Into Wedges


  • Cut pork loin into 2 approximately equal sized chunks (crosswise, NOT lengthwise!). Trim most of the visible fat, if you’d like. Some people don’t both, I don’t like the extra fat on mine. Set aside (in fridge).
  • Measure 4 cups of of water into a large pot, add remaining ingredients (aside from rest of water!). Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add remaining water, stir to combine. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Place one chunk of pork loin in each of 2 gallon sized freezer bags. I like to manually divide the lemon wedges and bay leaves equally between the two bags before pouring half of the brine into each bag. Push out most of the air, seal the bags, and put them in the fridge – I put both bags into a 9 x 12 cake pan, just in case of leakage, etc.
  • Allow the pork to brine for 5 whole days, turning once daily to ensure the pork loins are completely submerged.
  • After 5 days, discard brine, and rinse pork loins with cold water. Use paper towels to pat dry.

For Peameal Bacon:

  • Pour a generous amount of yellow cornmeal onto a plate large enough to accommodate the chunk of pork loin.
    Roll loin in the cornmeal, pressing to form a uniform crust.
  • Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, chill for at least an hour before slicing and frying/grilling… if you can handle the wait! (I was unable to!)

For Back Bacon:

  • Hot smoke it with your choice of wood chips until it reaches an internal temperature of 145-150 F. I left this completely up to Porter, here’s what he has to say about how he did it. (This was the very first thing he’s ever smoked!):
    “First I put it in the propane grill at about 225°F for one hour. Then I transferred it over to the charcoal grill for about 2 ½ hours. The charcoal grill was about 250°F (that wasn’t intentional, was trying for 225°F). While on the charcoal grill I put on soaked applewood chips about every twenty minutes or so, just a small amount each time. I put the wet chips directly on the coals.”


Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 499mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg