How to Make Beef Bacon | The Bearded Butchers

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Let’s make y’all some beef bacon! We promised it in one of our recent videos ( today is that day! We have beef bacon that we argue will rival pork bacon! We get all kinds of questions like: do you make beef bacon, do you sell beef bacon, what is beef bacon, and what does beef bacon taste like? We’re here to show you. This video is the ultimate guide to beef bacon brought to you by The Bearded Butchers.

Where does beef bacon come from? Separate the beef chuck from the rib. You’ll have the beef rib remaining and we’ll move the focus to the beef plate. Remove the outside beef skirt steak from the beef plate, cut the plate a little wider than normal since the focus is bacon and not ribs. Remove the inside skirt. Cut off the beef ribs (these are the same cut as pork spare ribs). What’s left (3:37) is the slab of beef bacon (same cut as a pork belly).

After the beef bacon is cut, here’s how to cure beef bacon using Scott’s Just Plain Vanilla (JPV) Method for curing:

1) Fill a meat lug (or similar container) with 2 gallons of fresh, cold water.

2) Add 2oz of cure. We used Celery Juice Powder but you can substitute the same amount of sodium nitrate (aka pink cure or curing salt). The amount of cure is dependent on the amount of water (1oz cure per gallon of water). You just need enough water to be sure all of the meat is covered. For a healthy slab of bacon, 2 gallons of water is usually sufficient.

3) Add 2lb of sea salt (table salt is fine too) to the water/cure brine.

4) Submerge (fully submerged, put something like a ceramic dinner plate on top of it or it will float) the bacon slab in the brine and put it in the cooler or fridge for 10-14 days.

5) We seasoned half the bacon with our Black Seasoning before we smoked it which you can find here (just pick your desired size). If you buy a bucket you’ll get a không tính tiền shaker with it! The slab has been cured so there’s no need for a binder, just pour on the seasoning.

6) You’ll want 2 bacon hangers like this if you’re using a smokehouse to put in the smokehouse.
6a) If you want to smoke the bacon slabs on something like a Traeger, check out our other (pork) bacon video at and skip to 20:25. Check out the rest of that video for plenty more bacon making tips.

7) Slice the bacon. We recommend using the MEAT slicer that you can get here This 10″ slicer is great for bacon, jerky, or anything else that you might make at home.

8) Fry up the bacon! We LOVE the 36 Blackstone that Scott used!

Check out 10:36 to see a great side by side of pork bacon vs beef bacon after they are cured.

Be sure to check out our retail store at If you stop by after the video, we’ll have some beef bacon for sale for anybody that wants to try it (while supplies last). Be sure to call ahead and make sure we have beef bacon in stock!

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  1. Вася Пупкин

    Сало из говядины

  2. I never imagined CONOR can make a bacon

  3. Be careful smoking with fruit wood, farmers spray fruit trees 5 times a year every year with heavy chemicals you don't want to eat.

  4. 🥲 Looks SO Delicious!

  5. What would y'all recommend to "Weigh Down" the Beef (submerge) while sitting in the Brine?

  6. You guys are great but Seth repeating himself over and over is and has been quite annoying.

  7. Bacon taught me how to cook.

    I was 12 and tried "microwavable" bacon for the first time, packaged by hormel. Best thing I ever tasted at this point. When I went back to the market and the microwavable ran out so naturally I bought the uncooked cured bacon. I tried to microwave it becasue I didn't know how to cook. After it came out soggy, i was super sad. To remedy the issue, my grandma taught me to throw it in a pan and put the heat on low until the bacon was cooked and this changed my life forever.

    I am thankful for the microwavable bacon.

  8. Your both awesome at explaining the process. Might try The celery juice powder. Jim Gaffigan has a hilarious comedy routine on bacon, he's funny if you get time. Thanks for sharing your skills.

  9. Band saws are frightening

  10. I've seen uncured beef bacon for sale and have tried it. The cure is very important as it didn't taste anything like bacon… at all.

  11. Looks very good!

  12. Christopher Long


  13. Does one guy do the voice over?
    They sound the same to me.

  14. I am so happy you did not over cook your bacon

  15. Mouth watering….Do you rinse and soak the beef in clean water for any amount of time before smoking?

  16. Wolfie Woolliscoft

    Gretings From The UK – how waoderful to see 2 good Butchers who care about meat – and well delivered on camera – consise .

  17. Also I have a "Bison belly" to try and make Bison bacon. Can you guys do a video doing Bison bacon 🥓 😋

  18. I've made 4 beef bacon slabs and truly feel it is superior like all cuts of beef 🥰
    When I have described the taste, I say it is the flavor of bacon with the steak all in one. I also cut mine a little thicker. Soooo good. I'm gonna try the molasses idea next time

  19. Million mile Club

    Pork 🤮🤮🤮🤮💩

  20. Who needs porn with this…

  21. Boy I’m sure glad I ate before I saw this video.

  22. we want some beef bacon too… great video…hoping a butcher shop want to do this too…

  23. Is there any law requies to wear a mustache-net here?

  24. halal

  25. The bearded butchers are outstanding craftsman

  26. Is it weird that I'm watching this while making a steak? I feel like I like to watch cooking videos while I cook

  27. Wait, why wouldn't you throw the ribs you cut out of the "bacon" on the grill? Trim that hunk off the end, and throw the rest on the grill high and fast. I bet that would be great.

  28. These guys are an open encyclopedia. They are very smart.

  29. Funny you should say that, some of the best bacon I've had was microwaved 😂

    Perfect crunch and taste, no burnt taste (which my mom always manages to do on the pan)

  30. Put that on a cracker, Dude! As one YouTuber would say.

  31. Wish you guys would do online meat sales

  32. backyard developments

    is beef belly the same as flat side of the brisket?

  33. Man that looks delicious.
    I used to have a cattle ranch and sold freezer beefs had to sell the calf love first. It’s a shame that you cannot sell those bacons commercially.
    Other countries have no FDA, USDA, Workers Comp insurance no OSHA no minimum wage or overtime pay they have no IRS and monthly payment or quarterly to worry about
    No local state and federal taxes or social security or SSA payment withdrawals to match as the company, Yet because of our political dummies we import almost all of our food supplies now your nuts from Heinz or Kraft food etc come from violent countries like Nigeria, Mogadishu, Vietnam, Turkey etc and the Chinese own more farm land than any Americans do ain’t that a kick in the ass to Americans trying their best to work hard and produce a safe product to consumers?
    America needs to get its act together and get off small and medium size business backs and our government to quit whoring our industrialized nation and manufacturing jobs out to third world countries while the deliberately bring them in to take our jobs and force what few workers which are mostly all retail selling foreign countries goods while at the same time paying for them from cradle to grave.
    The cost of one illegals aliens child is over a hundred thousand dollars a year each to tax payers. Ya just can’t fix stupid just put um up in some Hyatt hotels while veterans can’t afford a motel six!

  34. Holy shit.

  35. Enough with the stupid gloves

  36. Do you sell the beef bacon at all

  37. My God – those glorious slabs of Beef Bacon! I can taste them from here!

  38. That bacon sizzling on the flat top is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

  39. I swear you guys should hire out your premises for movie / tv foley artists whilst you work. The noises of bones / meat being cut, ripped and broken would make the most realistic sounds for movies.

  40. What about Lamb bacon?

  41. quan Brooklyn kid

    turkey bacon is better… plus beef bacon have too much fat on it, plus it makes it chewy…

  42. Awesome Job guys, thanks for the video.

  43. The ultimate BLT…

  44. That’s quality separating different meats for commercial usage

  45. You two have the best channel on YouTube!! Super high quality stuff!!

  46. I will give u a Microwave as a Christmas Present ^^

  47. I clicked to get a look at these netted beards.

  48. I'm surprised the beef tastes similar to the pork. But I imagine the fat would be a bit different in texture. I'm going to need to try beef bacon now. Thank you guys, good lookin beards btw.

  49. The beef shrank a lot more than the pork during the smoke, cool seeing that, I wonder why the difference was so significant. May be more connective tissue in the beef causing it to draw up like that.

  50. Beef bacon is made by short plate.