Top bacon varieties

Woman's Day
Which bacon tasted best?

See which bacon brands and flavors passed the taste test.


Americans eat more than 2 billion pounds of bacon each year, so Woman's Day editors took the time to taste-test bacons and pick the best varieties and flavors for you to bring home.

Not only are these picks palate-pleasing, but they're also great for fuss-free cooking. Feed a crowd with less mess by baking your bacon.

Heat the oven to 400°F, lay the strips on a wire rack over a baking sheet and bake until crisp, 18 to 20 minutes.

Bonus: The bacon stays flat and neat. Now click through to see which brands are

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Boar's Head Naturally Smoked Bacon
worth your bucks.












Standard

Slices of pork belly are cured with salt and either dry-smoked or seasoned with liquid smoke.

Boar's Head Naturally Smoked Imported Bacon ($6.49 for 16 oz).


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Oscar Mayer Center Cut Bacon
Center Cut

Sliced closer to the middle of the pork belly, center cut bacon is typically lower in fat than standard.

Oscar Mayer Center Cut Bacon ($5 for 12 oz).








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Wellshire Thick Sliced Dry Rubbed All Natural Uncured Bacon

Thick Sliced

Almost double the thickness of standard bacon, thick sliced holds its shape better during cooking.

Wellshire Thick Sliced Dry Rubbed All Natural Uncured Bacon ($5.99 for 12 oz).






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Godshall's Turkey Bacon
Turkey

Made from turkey thighs and/or breast, turkey bacon can be lower in saturated fat than standard pork.

Godshall's Turkey Bacon ($3.99 for 12 oz).







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Dietz & Watson Gourmet Bacon
Hickory

This center cut bacon has a subtle smoked flavor and a meaty texture.

Dietz & Watson Gourmet Bacon ($5.99 for 16 oz).









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Wright Applewood Bacon
Applewood

These hearty slices have a slight sweetness and come in a handy resealable pack.

Wright Applewood Bacon ($4.65 for 1 lb).







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Beeler’s Uncured Garlic & Pepper Bacon
Peppered

More like ham than bacon, these flavorful rashers complete a breakfast of simple fried eggs.

Beeler’s Uncured Garlic & Pepper Bacon ($5.99 to $6.99 for 12 oz).





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