Buckboard Bacon

Over the Christmas season I make homemade (or house made, which seems to be more in style now and has been commandeered by restaurants) food gifts. While preparing twenty-five pounds of bacon using my standard recipe I also had purchased a whole shoulder, so I decided to cut off five pounds and make buckboard bacon. No idea why it’s called that, other than the pioneer reference, but a standard bacon cure can be used for any cut of pork and it will taste like bacon. Here’s the recipe for simplicity’s sake.

  • 5 lb pork shoulder piece, boneless
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cracked peppercorns
  • 2 tsp pink salt
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt

Mix everything together and rub all over the pork.  Put the pork in a container (tub with a lid, plastic zip bag) and flip it every other day until firm, about seven days.  Put the pork uncovered in the fridge for one day and then smoke until an internal temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit is reached.

Buckboard Bacon

As you can see the pork shoulder has a good amount of fat so it fries crispy like normal pork belly bacon but it’s much meatier.


  1. When you flip every day, is the shoulder refrigerated those 7 days?

  2. Do you rinse before sitting uncovered for a day and then smoking?

    • Depends on if you want the peppercorns stuck to the meat as part of your finished product. I like that but the rest of my family doesn’t.

  3. I’ve had mine in the fridge for 7 days and just put it on rack back in the fridge. I will be smoking it tomorrow and let you know how it goes. Thanks for the recipe.

    • This was really good! A little bit salty, but I didn’t let in set in pure water before smoking. I will do that next time.

      • You’re suppose to put it in water? Is it going in water or a brine solution?

        • No brine or water. John is suggesting soaking it in water to remove some of the salty flavour. After the cure in the fridge is done you can cut a small piece and fry it to test the flavour before smoking.


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