cured and smoked pork belly

Bacon is a type of meat that comes from pigs. It is taken from the sides, back, or belly of the pig. It is often cut in thin slices, unlike other cured or smoked pork products. It is usually fried or grilled. It can also be microwaved.

A strip of pork bacon.
Bacon from the back (above) and belly (below)

In the U.S., back bacon and smoked ham is sometimes called Canadian bacon.[1]

Bacon has lots of fat. Because bacon comes from pigs, people of some religions will not eat it. In some cultures and religions (such as Islam and Judaism), eating pork may be considered "unclean." Because of this, other varieties of bacon are also made out of turkey or chicken instead. Turkey bacon and chicken bacon usually contain half of the fat of pork-based bacon.


  1. "What's the Difference Between Canadian Bacon (or Irish, or English) and American?". Kitchn. Retrieved 2021-06-22.