National Canadian Bacon Day is celebrated on March 3 each year. This holiday is perfect for those who love the taste of bacon but want something with lower calories than the real deal.
This is not the only day that bacon is celebrated. December 30 is also National Bacon Day and International Bacon day is celebrated on the Saturday before Labor Day.
Keep reading for fun facts about Canadian bacon, ways to celebrate the day, and a recipe for a homemade egg muffin at the bottom of the page.
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What is Canadian bacon?
Canadian bacon is a pork product that is cut from the back of the pig. In contrast, American bacon, with the streaky cured and smoked strips is cut from the pork belly, which is higher in fat.
Because of this cut, Canadian bacon is much leaner than normal bacon and comes in rounded slices, rather than long strips.
The term Canadian bacon is not used in Canada. There, the product is known as back bacon.
The flavor of Canadian bacon is thought of as more of a ham-like taste because of the lean cut of the product.
Fun facts about Canadian bacon
Brush up on your knowledge of Canadian bacon with these fun facts.
- Another term for Canadian Bacon is peameal bacon. This term comes from the fact that the cured pork is finished by rolling it in meal which used to be called peameal (today it’s known as cornmeal.)
- Canadian bacon is fully cooked and smoked and is very lean.
- When you compare regular bacon, turkey bacon and Canadian bacon, Canadian is the lowest in fat and the healthiest.
- A serving of Canadian bacon has only 60 calories and 0.5g of Saturated fat.
How to observe National Canadian Bacon Day
There are lots of obvious ways to celebrate National Bacon Day. Here are a few other creative ideas to help honor this day.
- Make an egg McMuffin by using Canadian bacon instead of the normal bacon. See the recipe at the bottom of this page.
- Enjoy your Canadian bacon wearing an “I love my Canadian bacon” T-Shirt.
- Watch the movie Canadian Bacon featuring John Candy.
- Enjoy some Canadian bacon by using it in one of the recipes featured below.
- Use the hashtag #NationalCanadianBaconDay to spread the word about the day on social media. Here is a tweet to get you started:
What is a national day?
National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with. Be sure to check out my national day’s guide for more fun days to celebrate.
There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in February. To see them all, have a look at this post to discover more about the national days in March, as well as the March printable calendar of national days.
Is food your thing? Each day of the month has a food or drink associated with it, too. You’ll find all the March food holidays here.
Be sure to also check out these other foodie national days this month:
- National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
- National Snack Day
- National Chip and Dip Day
- National Artichoke Hearts Day
- National Spinach Day
Pin these recipes for National Canadian Bacon Day for later
Would you like a reminder of these recipes for National Canadian Bacon Day? Just pin this image to one of your food boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.
- Canadian Bacon, Egg & Asparagus Breakfast Quesadillas.
- Canadian Bacon with Apples
- Breakfast Pizzas with Canadian Bacon
- Maple Glazed Canadian Bacon
- Canadian Bacon Strata
- 10 Best Canadian Bacon Recipes
And my favorite way to celebrate National Canadian Bacon Day is with this Home Made Egg Muffin.
- 1 English Muffin
- I slice of Canadian Bacon
- 1 tsp whipped butter
- 1 slice cheddar cheese
- 1 Egg
- Toast the English muffin and spread it lightly with the whipped butter.
- Cook the egg on one side and flip and cook the other side.
- Layer the egg, Canadian Bacon and cheddar cheese on the bottom of the English muffin.
- Top with the other half and serve.
If you want you can lightly heat the Canadian bacon in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 361Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 230mgSodium: 674mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 21g
Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.