Don’t mess with my bacon!
The truth about nitrite-free bacon
It’s true that some of us don’t like the taste of cured meats. Some people even think it tastes funny or off.
But what if there was a way to get rid of the taste? What if you could have your bacon without any additives at all?
Well, here’s how: You just need to use pork belly instead of ham or sausage. Pork belly is naturally high in lean protein and low in fat. And it contains very little nitrates (the compound responsible for the “bad” flavor). It’s not surprising that most experts recommend eating pork belly over other types of meat when cooking them.
So why is pork belly so good for bacon?
Well, pigs are omnivores. They eat grass, leaves, flowers and fruit. So they’re great sources of protein. And since they consume a wide variety of foods during their lifetime, they produce a large amount of nutrients in their bodies. Plus pork belly is rich in vitamins A and C which are essential for human health!
If you have the time and resources to make your own nitrate free bacon, then try the slow-roasting method. You’ll need three feet of pork belly, barbecue sauce, cayenne pepper, coffee grounds and a meat thermometer.
Rub a mixture of cayenne and coffee on both sides of the pork belly. Then, wrap it in aluminum foil with a mixture of salt, brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne and coffee grounds.
Place it on a roasting pan and stick it in a preheated 350 degree oven. You’ll need to turn the pork belly over every half hour or so to keep it from sticking to the pan. Plus you’ll want to baste it with the drippings every ten minutes or so.
This should all be done for six to eight hours, depending on the size of your pork belly. After that, check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. It should be around 160 degrees. Once it gets there, let it cool and refrigerate it for a few hours.
Then you can enjoy delicious, nitrate free bacon! You can even slice it thick and pan-fry it to make delicious breakfast sandwiches with eggs and cheese!
How about buying nitrate free bacon?
You shouldn’t have too many problems finding natural pork belly. However, you may have more difficulty getting hold of a brand that’s free of nitrates.
Try looking in your local health food store. They should be able to order you some nitrate free bacon. If not, just try searching for “nitrate free bacon” online.
It should pop right up (along with several other products…).
But if you’re lazy like me, you can just stop by a local Whole Foods. They should have several options for you.
How does nitrate free bacon taste?
Well, it tastes like bacon! That’s a good thing.
But how does it compare to regular bacon?
Well, my wife likes the regular stuff. I think it tastes funny and so do the kids. So you can imagine that we go through a lot of bacon in our house.
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