Can you make bacon of pork neck?

When I put my feed up after a day of making videos, I get the best ideas. What if you can bacon even better as it is?
I made bacon from a pork neck. In my opinion, it could be great because it has better meat to fat ratio then pork belly and it has loads of flavour. But will it be as good as the real thing?

Prep Time 7 d
Cook Time 4 hrs
Resting time 7 d
Total Time 14 d 4 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine smoked
Servings 4 people
Calories 660 kcal


  • 2 kg Pork neck
  • 25 grams Nitrite salt per KG of meat
  • 15 grams Sugar per KG of meat


  • Start to make the dry brine by mixing the nitrite salt and the sugar. I’ve got a 2 kilo pork neck so 50 gram of nitrite salt and 30 grams of sugar. Rub it all over the meat and put in a bag and in the fridge to brine for seven days.
  • After 7 days take it out of the fridge and the bag and pat it dry with some paper towel. This helps the meat pick up the smoke better.
  • Start up your smoker with a temperature off 110°C (230F) and some smoke wood. I Used beech tree but smoke wood form every fruit-bearing tree works also great.
  • Place the brined pork neck in the smoker and close the lid. Now we have to wait till the meat reaches a core temperature off 65°C (149F).
  • Take the meat out off the smoker when it reached the desired core temperature and let it cool down to room temperature. If you are more patient then you can leave it in the fridge for a week. It will taste even better.
  • Slice the bacon in thin slices and taste for yourself if it’s as good as bacon.



Calories: 660kcalProtein: 94gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 300mgSodium: 325mgPotassium: 1695mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 6mg
Keyword Bacon, Pork, Smoked
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