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"Canadian bacon" is United States usage for a form of fully cooked back bacon, usually smoked, trimmed into medallions, and thickly sliced. It is made only from the lean eye of the loin and is ready to eat.

Roasted unsliced peameal back bacon

The term is not used in Canada where the term 'bacon' on its own generally refers to strip bacon from the belly meat of the pig. The product may have arisen from a unique form of back bacon which emerged in Southern Ontario called "peameal bacon", which is unsmoked wet cured pork loin trimmed like "Canadian bacon" and traditionally rolled in ground dried yellow peas to extend its shelf life. Today it is generally rolled in yellow cornmeal.

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