The Ultimate Bacon Butty (Bacon Sandwich)

Andy Anderson !


This humble item (also called a Bacon Sarnie) is considered one of the most popular sandwiches in the UK. When I get off the plane at Heathrow, I always stop by this small airport pub, and have one. Although, If you ate one of these every day, I would estimate your lifespan to be about 6 month tops… Well, the main ingredient is BACON.

With that said, I do love these little heart stoppers. The only problem is that they’re hard to make in the US because, as my UK friend from Bolton would say: We don’t have the proper bacon.

Well, let’s get cooking.

★★★★★ 1 vote
15 Min
15 Min
Stove Top



6 medium
tomatoes, finely chopped
1 medium
apple, finely chopped
1/2 medium
yellow onion, finely chopped
4 oz
white wine vinegar
4 Tbsp
brown sugar
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
cayenne pepper


4 slice
white sandwich bread, nice and fresh, and soft
8 slice
dry-cured, unsmoked, back bacon
butter, salted


1Take all the ingredients for the ketchup, and put them into a saucepan.
2Bring to the boil, and reduce to a very slow simmer.
3Simmer, covered, for two hours.
4Chef’s Tip: If you have your temperature low enough, you shouldn’t have a problem; however, if it looks like it’s drying out, add a bit of water now and then.
5Remove ketchup from the heat, fish out and throw away the cloves, and place into a storage container. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
6Chef's Note: Not all prefer this sandwich with ketchup; many like a good brown sauce.
7In a large skillet (preferably cast iron) cook the bacon, over high heat, about three minutes on each side. The slices should be cooked until nice and crispy.
8Chef’s Note: The bacon is what makes this dish… you need good, thick bacon, preferably dry cured, unsmoked, back bacon. That’s something that’s common in the UK, but not so much over here.
9While the bacon is cooking, toast and butter the bread slices.
10Remove the bacon from the pan, and reserve.
11With the pan still on the heat, take the toasted, buttered bread slices, and put them in the pan and allow them to absorb the bacon fat. Cook for about 30 seconds on each side.
12Chef’s Note: This is your test of bravery… Bacon… toast with butter… and now bacon fat on the toast… WOW.
13Spread the homemade ketchup on two of the pieces of buttered/bacon-fat bread, and then put half the bacon on top. Add the top bread piece and serve hot.
14I'll be seeing you in the emergency room...
15Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: UK/Ireland
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy