Chef’s Homemade Lamb Bacon Recipe

Lambs and goat are smaller than pigs, but in the case of bacon, it’s a benefit, especially if you’d like to try your hand at making Chef Alan’s homemade lamb bacon recipe. Chef’s tried and true blend of seasonings is guaranteed to make delicious bacon from our grass fed lamb or goat belly, boneless short ribs or even fat caps. After it’s smoked, you can freeze it to use throughout the year.

A slab of cooked lamb bacon sliced revealing the pink inside on a cutting board next to a knife.
Homemade lamb bacon.

Chef Bergo says that lamb and goat bacon is like a secret ingredient he brings out when he really wants to wow people, and it’s really true, with one exception: he prefers to cut the bacon into cubes or dice, as cutting into slices and cooking can be difficult at home without proper equipment, and as there is a small amount of connective tissue that can be slightly chewy in long strips.

This recipe makes a small amount of bacon, but the separate recipe for the cure needs to be made in a slightly larger batch, this means that you’ll have enough cure to make at least a few batches of bacon, or a big batch, if you like. There’s a complete recipe video included. You can use the cure on different meats too, as with venison bacon and beef bacon.

Alan Bergo
Chef Alan Bergo.

This recipe is by James Beard Award-winning Chef Alan Bergo. He’s a chef from Minnesota and author of The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora. Learn more about Chef Alan at

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How to Make Lamb Bacon

Homemade bacon is easy to make if you have a smoker. First the meat is rubbed with a  dry cure and allowed to cure for a few days in the refrigerator. Lamb and goat bellies are thin so they only need a day or two. After curing, the meat is smoked until it’s cooked through, then finished by baking in the oven until tender. The images below describe the process.

More Smoked Lamb Recipes

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Homemade lamb or goat bacon
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Chef's Homemade Lamb Bacon

Lamb or goat bacon is easy to make at home with a grill or smoker.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Curing Time3 days
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Goat, Lamb Bacon
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 284kcal
Cost: 10


  • Grill or smoker
  • 3 oz (3 cups) wood chips.



  • 8 oz dark brown sugar
  • 4 ounces kosher salt or fine salt
  • 20 grams pink salt available from

Whole Spices

  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 dried bay leaves


  • Toast and grind the spices in a spice grinder, then mix together (don't toast the bay leaf)
  • Wearing gloves, rub the goat or lamb belly with exactly 6 ounces of the cure, or 1 cup for the total 2 lbs of meat. (Weighing the seasonings helps ensure things don’t come out too salty.) Rub the cure in well, massaging it in to ensure proper seasoning. Refrigerate the meat for 2 days. If using fat caps, score the meat with a cross hatch pattern to help release fat.
  • Meanwhile, cover the wood chips with water and store in a cool place in a covered container that won’t absorb scents, like a metal mixing bowl covered with cling film, for example. The woodchips can be prepared 24 hours or more in advance.
  • To prepare the bacon for cooking, drain the woodchips and reserve, then start a grill. Remove the goat from the fridge. Move the coals to one side of the grill when they’re very hot to get one side as cool as possible, then put a handful of drained wood chips on the coals.
  • Put the grill rack down and lay the cured meat flat on the grill grates, making sure to place it on the opposite side of the coals. Smoke the bacon, keeping the heat as low as possible for 45 minutes-1 hour, turning the meat occasionally and adding more wood chips as needed to get a good, consistent smoke. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300.
  • Remove the meat (it should be nice and browned from the brown sugar and smoke) to a shallow pan, fill with an 1.4 inch of water, cover with parchment and then foil, and bake for 1 hour. Allow the bacon to cool, then refrigerate or freeze until needed. The bacon will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge, and 3-4 months in the freezer, tightly wrapped in cling film, and then wrapped in a freezer bag. The best way to keep it frozen would be to vacuum seal it.



Breast (brisket) tongue, fat caps from the loin, and boneless ribs can be cured exactly like belly and trim meat.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 451mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 0.02g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.3mg


A close up picture of lamb bacon on a cutting board.
Chef Bergo prefers to cut his lamb or goat bacon into cubes or chunks rather than thin slices for cooking.