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Shelf Stable Bacon


Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
Joined Sep 25, 2007
January 5th, 2014

Shelf Stable Bacon

I have never made shelf stable bacon (no refrigeration) as of yet but would like to try it in the future.
I believe the curing process for this bacon is hardwood smoke, sugar and sodium nitrate.
Anyhow, a friend had brought this to my Manday event a few weeks ago, we sliced at it and fried it over a pit but it was too salty and jerky type texture to eat as slices.

We figure it would be great as an ingredient in other dishes such as pork and beans, stews, gravies, salads... so let the experimentation begin.


I decided to try it in an omelet.

  • Fried Bacon



  • Added sun-dried tomatoes to the oily pan to soften up




  • In retrospect, the ham should have went in after the bacon and before the Sun-dried tomatoes. I would have liked to of browned the ham.



  • The pan is wiped with paper towels and Ungyuns are added , yes were frying these.

  •  A small dollop of Rosemary infused EVOO is added to help fry the onions.




  • Omelet is flipped and topped with American cheese, I wanted to use thick sliced smoked provolone for the inside of the omelet but I was out of provolone, DAMMIT!


  • Omelet is folded in half.

  • Topped with American Cheese.

  • No I'm not eating the whole thing.

  • Sliced in half for me and the wife unit to share.



I haven't been much into omelets as of late, but this one really hit the spot.

I will be using this bacon for trail cooking as well.

Do you have any recipe ideas for using this bacon? Let me know.
Do you have a method for making shelf stable bacon?

I would love to hear from you guys.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Sep 30, 2010
Sounds interesting. I guess if you add enough salt to it almost anything can become shelf stable.........

Omelet looks good.

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