Whole30 Bacon: Where to Grab Amazing, Compliant Bacon

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Bacon is practically a staple for many modern foodies and good news – certain types of bacon are allowed on Whole30 (hurrah)!

The bad news is that Whole30 bacon isn’t super accessible—you might have a tough time finding it at your local grocery store. You can ask at local butcheries or health food stores if they have any bacon with no sugar, but you may have to hunt around quite a bit.

Whole30 Bacon: Top Picks

What is Whole30 Compliant Bacon?

Most bacon contains sugar and nitrates, which aren’t allowed on Whole30. You’ll need to carefully read bacon ingredient lists to find the Whole30-compliant stuff. Take a peek at the Whole30 Additives Cheat Sheet for help with ingredient rules.

A good place to start is to look for these labels:

  • Sugar-Free Bacon
  • Nitrate-Free Bacon

Even with these labels though, you’ll need to manually check the ingredient list. Remember, even natural sugars like maple syrup are not allowed on Whole30, so read through the ingredient lists with a fine-toothed comb!

Nutrition Label vs Ingredient List

Many new Whole30-ers get thrown off trying to distinguish the nutritional label vs the ingredient list. The nutritional label doesn’t really matter – for the purposes of Whole30, only the ingredient list matters. The ingredient list is what you’ll want to look at for deciphering whether or not the product contains sugar.

Whole30 Bacon Ain’t Cheap

Keep in mind that producing bacon without sugar or nitrates can be quite costly compared to standard bacon, which is why sugar-free Whole30 bacon is often a lot more expensive than most shoppers are used to.

Whole30 Bacon: Compliant Brands

We’re highlighting a few of the best Whole30 compliant bacons below. Check ’em out and let us know your favorites!

1. U.S. Wellness Meats Whole30 Bacon

There actually IS a brand of bacon that is endorsed by the Whole30 program, from U.S. Wellness Meats! They actually created a sugar-free pork bacon specifically for Whole30 folks desperate for a bit o’ bacon.

The U.S. Wellness Meats Whole30 bacon is completely sugar and additive free, making it compliant for the Whole30 program!

The U.S. Wellness Meats bacon is also Compassionate Certified pork, which is verified by a 3rd party to ensure that they are meeting specific standards related to how the pigs are treated.

The Compassionate Certification means that the animals are not given any stimulants, hormones or antibiotics. The animals can also go outside as often as they want and have full bedding, slotted floors, and no gestating crates.

Basically, they are treated as all animals should be – with respect and care. U.S. Wellness Meat is unique in their offering, providing ethically-raised, pastured, sugar-free bacon that is perfect for the Whole30 program! In fact, their meat is officially endorsed by the Whole30 program, so you know you’re in good hands!

Whole30-compliant bacon options from U.S. Wellness Meats include:

2. Butcher Box Applewood Smoked Bacon

Butcher Box is a service that provides kits of ultra high-quality meats (we’re talkin’ humanely raised, hormone-free grass-fed beef, heritage breed pork, and free-range organic chicken) that can be delivered on demand or monthly.

And good news – they have Whole30 compliant bacon too!

  • Butcher Box Applewood Smoked Bacon (Ingredients: Pork, Water, Salt, Celery Powder)

This bacon is only available online via Butcher Box. If you’re a big meat eater, it’s definitely not a bad idea to try Butcher Box during Whole30!

3. Applegate Bacon

applegate naturals whole30 bacon
  • Applegate Organics No Sugar Bacon (Ingredients: Organic Pork, Water, Sea Salt, Celery Powder)
  • Applegate Naturals No Sugar Bacon (Ingredients: Pork, Water, Sea Salt, Celery Powder)
  • Applegate Organics Turkey Bacon (Ingredients: Organic Turkey, Water, Sea Salt, Celery Powder, Organic Onion Powder)
  • Applegate Naturals Turkey Bacon (Ingredients: Turkey, Water, Sea Salt, Celery Powder, Onion Powder, Spices)

Where to Find It: Use Applegate’s locator to find nearby Applegate bacon. Applegate has also been spotted at Trader Joe’s!

4. Naked Bacon

whole30 approved naked bacon

Naked Bacon is an official Whole30 partner offering a variety of Whole30-approved sugar-free bacon, with spicy and classic options!

  • Our Favorite: 6 Degrees of Naked Bacon Whole30 Approved This variety pack of Whole30-approved bacon contains four different types of sugar-free, complaint bacon. Try all the awesome bacon Naked Bacon has to offer (plus, shipping is free)!

Other Great Naked Bacon Options:

Where to Find It: Online at the Naked Bacon website!

5. Pederson’s Natural Farms Bacon

pederson farms natural bacon

Pederon’s Natural Farms provides tons of compliant Whole30 meat – they’re official Whole30 partners! Along with grass-fed beef, ground bison, and other meats, Pederson’s Natural Farms also has tons of great Whole30-compliant, sugar-free bacon.

Where to Find It: Pederson’s Farms bacon is available online at The Simple Grocer!

If you end up grabbing bacon from Pederson’s Farms via The Simple Grocer, make sure you check out The Simple Grocer’s other Whole30-compliant meats, as they have tons!

6. Nature’s Rancher

natures rancher paleo bacon
  • Nature’s Rancher Bacon (Ingredients: Pork, water, less than 2% of: salt, vinegar, citrus extracts, pomegranate extract, rosemary extract).

Where to Find It: Whole Foods

7. Garrett Valley Bacon

garrett valley sugar free turkey bacon

Where to Find It: Use Garret Valley’s store locator to find this bacon near you!

8. Wellshire Farms

wellshire sugar free whole30 bacon

Where to Find It: Use Wellshire Farm’s store locator to find this bacon near you!

9. Natural Rancher

Nature’s Rancher is a brand that falls under the Pederson’s Farms company, a Whole30 partner. Nature’s Rancher bacon is actually bacon from Pederson’s Farms, but it’s sold exclusively at Whole Foods (under the Nature’s Rancher brand name).

  • No Sugar Added Uncured Hickory Smoked BaconPork, Water, Less Than 2% Of: Salt, Vinegar, Citrus Extracts, Pomegranate Extract, Rosemary Extract.

Where to Find It: You can find Nature’s Rancher bacon at Whole Foods.

10. Target Market Pantry Bacon

You’re not dreaming – Target does offer a variety of Whole30 compliant bacon!

  • Market Pantry Hardwood Smoked Classic Cut Reduced Sodium BaconPork Cured With: Water, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite.

Where to Find It: You can find this bacon at Target stores!

11. Trader Joe’s Bacon

Trader Joe’s actually has their own version of Whole30 compliant bacon! Look for the no-sugar dry rubber uncured version, and as always, check the ingredient list to confirm!

  • No Sugar Dry Rubbed Uncured BaconPork, Sea Salt, Spices (Allspice, Black Pepper, Fenugreek, Mace, Nutmeg, White Pepper), Sunflower Oil

Where to Find It: You can find this bacon at Trader Joe’s.

11. Costco Kirkland Signature Bacon

As more people jump onto the Whole30 and paleo eating regiment, increasingly more stores are making an effort to offer sugar-free options. Costco has followed suite with their own Kirkland Signature bacon that has no sugar!

  • Kirkland Signature Thick Sliced Lower Sodium BaconPork, Water, Salt, Sodium, Phosphates, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite.

Where to Find It: Find this bacon at Costco.

12. Maverick Ranch Bacon

  • Hickory Smoked Uncured BaconPork, Water, Less Than 2%: Salt, Vinegar, Celery Powder.

Where to Find It: At Publix grocery stores.

13. Pete’s Paleo Bacon

Pete’s Paleo Bacons: Pork, Spices

Where to Find It: You can buy Pete’s Paleo Bacon online on their website.

14. Smithfield Bacon

  • Smithfield Hickory Smoked Lower Sodium Bacon – Ingredients: Pork Cured With: Water, Salt, Sodium Phosphates, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite

Where to Find It: You can buy this Smithfield Whole30-friendly bacon at Walmart.

15. Jone’s Dairy Farm Bacon

  • No Sugar Hickory Smoked Uncured BaconPork, Water, Vinegar & Lemon Juice Concentrate, Salt, Cultured Celery Juice.

Where to Find It: You can buy Jone’s Dairy No Sugar Bacon at Walmart, as well as other grocery stores using the Jone’s Dairy Farm brand locator.

16. Niman Ranch Bacon

  • Applewood Smoked No Sugar Uncured BaconPork, Water, Salt, Celery Powder.

Where to Find It: You can Niman Ranch bacon at many large grocery store chains. You can use the Niman Ranch product locator to find specific stores near you that carry this bacon!

17. Simple Truth Bacon

  • Simple Truth Uncured Hardwood Smoked BaconPork, Water, Sea Salt, Cultured Celery Extract, Spices.

Where to Find It: You can Simple Truth bacon at Kroger, Ralph, and other stores.

Where to Find Whole30 Compliant Bacon

When it comes to finding Whole30 bacon, here are your options:

  • U.S. Wellness Meats. U.S. Wellness Meats’s Whole30-Friendly Bacon lets you order online from the U.S. Wellness Meats website and have your bacon delivered to your door!
  • Pederson’s Farms Bacon. Pederson’s Farms also offers a Whole30-friendly bacon that is available for online ordering from The Simple Grocer (which actually offers a collection of Whole30-compliant foods). You may also be able to find Pederson’s Farms bacon locally – check out their zip code search feature to find a nearby location.
  • Try Prosciutto. Alternatively, if you can’t get your hands on that beautiful bacon, try going after prosciutto instead, since it’s much easier to find compliant prosciutto than bacon. You can even throw it on the oven and get it crispy like bacon!

Oh, and once you have your compliant bacon, be sure to check out our list of Whole30 recipes that use bacon – yum!

Whole30 Bacon FAQs

Can you eat bacon on Whole30?

Yes – so long as the bacon is sugar-free and nitrate-free. Be aware that such bacon isn’t always easy to find and can be quite expensive.

What bacon is Whole30 compliant?

Bacon that is Whole30 compliant will be sugar-free and nitrate-free. These are common labels you should look for when trying to find Whole30 compliant bacon. Even when you see these labels, always check the ingredient list!

Popular Whole30 approved bacon includes: U.S. Wellness Meats Sugar-Free Pork Bacon Slices, Butcher Box Applewood Smoked Bacon, Applegate Organics No Sugar Bacon, Naked Bacon, Nature’s Rancher Bacon (at Whole Foods), Pederson’s Non GMO Project Verified No Sugar Added Uncured Smoked Bacon, Wellshire Farms Paleo Bacon, and others.

Is Applegate bacon Whole30 compliant?

Not every variety of Applegate bacon is compliant, but some are. Whole30 compliant Applegate bacons include: Applegate Organics No Sugar Bacon, Applegate Naturals No Sugar Bacon, Applegate Organics Turkey Bacon, and Applegate Naturals Turkey Bacon.

Is Costco bacon Whole30 approved?

Yes – Kirkland Signature Bacon is Whole30 approved! Packaging should read as follows: Cured With Water, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrate.

Is Trader Joe’s bacon Whole30 approved?

Some Trader Joe’s carry Applegate No Sugar Bacon, which is Whole30 approved.

Is Walmart’s bacon Whole30 approved?

You may be able to find some Whole30 approved bacon at Walmart. Compliant options that have been spotted are Smithfield Bacon – packaging should read as follows: Pork Cured With: Water, Salt, Sodium Phosphates, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite.

Jones No Sugar Uncured Bacon is another possible option at Walmart. Packaging should read: Pork, Water, Vinegar & Lemon Juice Concentrate, Salt, Cultured Celery Juice.

Do you have any additional resources for Whole30 compliant bacon? Have you had some yourself? Was it worth the higher price tag and effort? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Meg Mars
Meg is a writer who is passionate about healthy eating. From Whole30 and South Beach Diet, to paleo and intermittent fasting, she's experimented with several healthy eating regiments and is passionate about helping readers find the perfect food plan match for their lifestyles.

27 thoughts on “Whole30 Bacon: Where to Grab Amazing, Compliant Bacon”

  1. Wellshire sugar free sliced uncured turkey bacon
    Ingredients: turkey, water, sea salt, celery powder, paprika, white pepper, onion powder

    I found this at Whole Foods!

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  2. I was sad to see that a minimum $75 order was required by US Wellness meats. We have already purchased meat for the year from a local farm, so I had no real need to purchase more than one item. 🙁

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    • Not sure what you mean – we link to the Pederson’s Bacon that’s uncured with no sugar. You may be looking at the sugar version.

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  3. I found this at Publix and hoped for a second opinion- is this Whole 30 compliant? (Maverick Ranch Bacon, Uncured, No Sugar, Hickory Smoked)

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  4. I found Jones No Sugar Uncured hickory smoked sacon at King Soopers. It doesn’t say ‘animal friendly’ but wouldn’t it be compliant (maybe not approved) if it doesn’t contain sugar? Package states: No artificial ingredients and minimally processed. No nitrates & nitrites added. Except for naturally occurring Nitrates and Nitrites in cultured celery juice. Not preserved.

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