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Is uncured bacon technically bacon?

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Created December 04, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Wikipedia says bacon is a "cured meat prepared from a pig." Is that the correct definition? If yes, is uncured bacon actually bacon? Also, if you just cut pork belly into strips and fry it, will it come out like bacon? If no, what additionally processing is done to pork belly strips to make it into uncured bacon?

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on December 04, 2012
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There's nothing bacon-y about fresh bacon (aka porkbelly).

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on December 04, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Thin sliced pork-belly comes out like a really fatty pork chop. It's still delicious, but it's not bacon. If you do buy some though it's not too hard to salt-cure it for a few days then "smoke" it in your oven on a low temp.

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on December 04, 2012
at 07:06 PM

Thanks. I just googled a bunch of images of fried pork belly. You're right - it doesn't look like bacon. But it seems it's usually cut much thicker. I wonder if they were thin slices, would they turn out more likely bacon.

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Thank you. Very helpful.

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:29 PM

It is belly until salted, then pancetta until smoked, then it is bacon.

Uncured bacon means that celery powder was used to as the nitrate source to cure the belly and it is unsmoked (which I contend should thus be labeled pancetta!) when celery powder is used they can label it as "No Nitrites Added" and charge double!

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on December 04, 2012
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Thank you. Very helpful.

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on December 04, 2012
at 07:00 PM

Pork Belly is really just fatty pork, its also dammmmn good but you will not think of it as bacon.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on December 04, 2012
at 07:33 PM

There's nothing bacon-y about fresh bacon (aka porkbelly).

B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

(1365)

on December 04, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Thin sliced pork-belly comes out like a really fatty pork chop. It's still delicious, but it's not bacon. If you do buy some though it's not too hard to salt-cure it for a few days then "smoke" it in your oven on a low temp.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on December 04, 2012
at 07:06 PM

Thanks. I just googled a bunch of images of fried pork belly. You're right - it doesn't look like bacon. But it seems it's usually cut much thicker. I wonder if they were thin slices, would they turn out more likely bacon.

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