Canadian Bacon Day

March 3

When is Canadian Bacon Day?

Canadian Bacon Day happens on Sunday March 3, 2024.

Canadian Bacon Day: Celebrating a Breakfast Delight on March 3rd

Happy Canadian Bacon Day! Every year on March 3rd, we celebrate one of the most beloved breakfast items – Canadian bacon. But before we dive into the festivities, let’s clear up a common culinary confusion: What exactly is the difference between Canadian bacon and its well-known cousin, American bacon?

Canadian Bacon vs. American Bacon:

  • The Cut: The primary difference lies in the cut of the meat. Canadian bacon is made from the back of the pig, specifically the loin, which makes it leaner. American bacon, on the other hand, is cut from the pork belly, giving it a higher fat content and that classic streaky appearance.
  • Texture and Flavor: Canadian bacon is closer to ham in texture and taste. It’s usually smoked and has a slightly sweet flavor. American bacon is known for its rich, salty flavor and crispy texture when cooked.
  • Cooking and Usage: While American bacon is best served crispy, Canadian bacon is great when grilled or fried lightly, often featured in dishes like Eggs Benedict or as a pizza topping.

Celebrating with Canadian Bacon:

  1. Breakfast Feast: What better way to celebrate than with a hearty breakfast? Pair Canadian bacon with eggs, toast, and pancakes for a delicious start to your day.
  2. Canadian Bacon Pizza Night: Jazz up your pizza night by topping your creation with slices of Canadian bacon. Combine with pineapple for a classic Hawaiian pizza, or get creative with your toppings.
  3. Eggs Benedict Brunch: Host a brunch and serve up some classic Eggs Benedict, showcasing Canadian bacon in its most famous role.

Exploring Canadian Bacon Beyond Breakfast:

  • In Sandwiches: Layer Canadian bacon in sandwiches or wraps for a lunchtime treat.
  • In Salads: Dice it up and toss into salads for a protein-rich addition.
  • As a Snack: Enjoy it as is, or pair with cheese and crackers for a savory snack.

Canadian Bacon Cooking Tips:

  • Quick Sear: Since it’s typically pre-cooked, Canadian bacon just needs a quick sear in the pan to bring out its flavor.
  • Avoid Overcooking: To maintain its tenderness, avoid cooking it too long.

Health Benefits:

Canadian bacon is a healthier alternative to regular bacon, offering lower fat and calorie content while still providing that satisfying savory taste.

Get Kids Involved:

Celebrate with a family cooking session. Kids can help make a Canadian bacon and cheese quiche or assemble their own breakfast sandwiches.

Did You Know?

Despite its name, Canadian bacon is known as “back bacon” in Canada, with “Canadian bacon” being primarily an American term.

National Canadian Bacon Day is a fantastic opportunity to appreciate the leaner, yet equally tasty counterpart to American bacon. Whether it’s the star of your breakfast plate, the highlight of your sandwich, or a key pizza topping, Canadian bacon deserves a round of applause for its versatility and flavor. So, let’s savor and celebrate!

When does Canadian Bacon Day happen next year?

Canadian Bacon Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Monday March 3, 2025
  • Tuesday March 3, 2026
  • Wednesday March 3, 2027
  • Friday March 3, 2028
  • Saturday March 3, 2029


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