Home-made Crispy Roasted Bacon

imageAre you a bacon lover who’s been devastated by recent news that it can cause cancer? Then here’s a bit of good news.

If you’ve been reading the news accounts, it’s not the pork  per se that causes cancer.  Rather, it is the chemicals that are used to make processed meat, including bacon.  They’re called nitrates and nitrites.

So what if you can continue to enjoy your bacon, without having to worry about cancer?

The solution? Home-made crispy roasted bacon.  Need I say more?

For this recipe, I used a slice of pork bacon which is basically pork belly but with less fat and more meat.


A slice of fresh pork bacon

6 cloves of peeled garlic

1 tbsp of 5-spice powder (available from most Asian groceries)

2 tbsps of sea salt

Lechon sauce or other sauces like soy sauce or vinegar


Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.  In the lower rack, place a deep oven tray filled with water. Wash the slice of pork bacon and pat dry with paper towels.  Make a few slits on the meaty part of the bacon and insert the garlic pieces. Coat the bacon with 5-spice powder.  Place the bacon on baking tray, skin side up. Spread the sea salt over the skin of the pork bacon.  Place the bacon in the oven and cook for 30 minutes.  Take out the bacon and scrape off the salt.  Return to oven and bake for another 30 minutes until the skin is nicely browned and develops blisters. Remove from heat and slice into bite-sized pieces.  Serve with a side of lechon sauce , soy sauce, or vinegar.



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