Side Pork Vs Bacon: What’s The Difference?

side pork vs bacon

There are a lot of blogs that talk about bacon, and how delicious it is.

But what if you want to throw some side pork into the mix? Is there really much difference between the two kinds of processed meat? You might think not at first glance, but it can actually be tricky to tell.

After reading this article, you will have your answer to this question, and can also be able to choose one that you think better suits you.

What is side pork?

Side pork, also known as “lean bacon”, comes from the part of a pig above its belly.

It contains both meat, fat, and bone.

Once de-boned, trimmed down to get rid of any excess fat or bone from the short ribs and back meat area above a pig’s belly (hence “side”), it is soaked up with salt for preservation purposes.

It may then either be braised into sausages like bacon would typically be used – this will make them more flavorful while keeping their texture; alternatively they could also be smoked so that side pork becomes crispier but still soft enough to chew on easily without being tough on your teeth when you bite through one piece.

In English-speaking countries, thin slices are referred to as “bacon” because it tastes salty and savory, similar to bacon in flavor.

What is bacon?

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Bacon is a type of preserved pork.

It’s made from thin strips of meat that are cured with salt, sugar, and nitrates.

The store-bought bacon is usually not smoked, so you will have to cook it before eating it to avoid food poisoning.

The strips are usually smoked or boiled before being fried in order to give it that crispy texture we all love so much.

Bacon has been a staple of breakfast in North America for centuries.

Bacon is also used to give rich flavor and texture when added as an ingredient, such as the club sandwich that contains bacon strips between two pieces of toast with some lettuce leaves on top.

The origins of bacon date back to ancient China when the Chinese Emperor Shennong was the first recorded person to have cooked and eaten bacon nearly 4000 years ago! However, this may not be true as there are many other stories about how bacon came into existence.

What are the differences between side pork vs bacon?

To tell about the differences between side pork and bacon, it would be best to look at them in the same way.

The comparison table below is divided into different criteria so that you can easily follow how different these two pork products are:

 Side porkBacon
Animal’s partCome from the upper part of the pig’s belly, including short ribs and back fatUsually made from pork belly, sometimes fatback or pork jowl
PreparationCan be sold fresh or smokedCured with salt and other spices before being packed, usually unsmoked
Fat contentLeanerFattier
TasteFatty and porky, less salty like baconIntense pork flavor, salty, and more flavorful
PriceUsually higher because of less fatCheaper

What are the similarities between side pork vs bacon?

Despite some typical differences between side pork and bacon, they do share some similarities too.

1. They include pork belly

Bacon is mainly made from pork belly, and side pork is taken from the pork belly section to the upper part, which means it contains pork belly and short ribs.

So when the bones are removed from side pork, they are actually pork belly.

2. Smoked side pork is the same as bacon

Bacon is cured pork belly, and side pork is a fresh cut including the pork belly.

So when side pork is cured and smoked, this is how they make bacon.

That’s why in America and many English-speaking English, thin slices of smoked side pork are referred to as bacon.

Which one is better?

Bacon and side pork are both processed meats (while side pork can be sold raw), but what about bacon is different from other processed meat?

Side pork is much leaner than bacon, which can make it healthier for you to eat.

It also makes your food taste better because the flavor isn’t as strong or salty when compared with a piece of bacon.

However, side pork doesn’t have nearly as many flavors like saltiness and sweetness in it as well, so if those two things matter to you then this might not be for you!

The conclusion here is simple- try out both of them and you will have your answer on which one tastes better for you.

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