This is a list of bacon substitutes. A number of substitutes exist for people who, for ethical, environmental, health, religious, or other reasons, prefer not to eat bacon. The flavor of smoked paprika resembles cooked bacon to some people.

Bacon substitutes

Name Image Origin Description
Baconnaise United States A kosher mayonnaise-based product developed by J&D's Foods that is prepared to taste like bacon, Baconnaise is vegetarian and contains no bacon.[1] Its creators have also stated that Baconnaise has no artificial flavors or monosodium glutamate, but that the actual process and ingredients in the product are a trade secret.[1]
Eggplant Bacon United States Recipes have been floating around for Eggplant Bacon for a while. Pingala Cafe in Burlington, Vermont, has begun producing a commercial version.[2]
Bacon Salt United States Another product developed by J&D's Foods, it is vegetarian and kosher.[3]
Macon United Kingdom Prepared from mutton,[4] it is prepared in a similar manner to bacon, with the meat being cured by soaking it in large quantities of salt or by soaking the meat in brine. It was produced in the United Kingdom during World War II when rationing was instituted. Scottish lawyer and politician Frederick Alexander Macquisten was the first to suggest mass-production of macon.
Sizzlean United States A cured meat product manufactured throughout the 1970s and 1980s, it was originally produced by Swift & Co. Though the product contained much less fat than bacon, it was still 37% fat by weight.[5]
Turkey bacon An imitation bacon, it is usually prepared from smoked, chopped, and formed turkey and commonly marketed as a low-fat alternative to bacon. Turkey bacon can be used as a substitute for bacon where religious restrictions forbid the consumption of pork.[6]
Vegetarian bacon Also known as "fakon", it is marketed as a bacon alternative and available in supermarkets. It is generally high in protein and fiber, yet low in fat, and typically has no cholesterol. Pictured is vegetarian bacon along with other breakfast foods.

See also


  1. ^ a b Mark Rahner (April 28, 2009). "It's mayo, it's bacon, it's Baconnaise — and sales are sizzling". The Seattle Times. Retrieved June 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "Eggplant Bacon". Facebook. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  3. ^ Gaudette, Karen (November 14, 2007). "Bacon in a bottle: It's "holy" to fans". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  4. ^ Shephard, Sue (2006). Pickled, Potted, and Canned: How the Art and Science of Food Preserving Changed the World. Simon & Schuster. p. 73. ISBN 0743255534
  5. ^ "Lean Language, Not Cuisine". The New York Times. November 12, 1985. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  6. ^ Gold, Amanda (October 22, 2008). "One turkey bacon stands out in the flock". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-05-13.