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Old 01-16-2011, 04:31 PM   #1
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My Try at Making Bacon

Bought a 10 lb pork belly, cut it in half and made a cure of Tenderquick, brown and white sugar and a little black pepper. Left the belly in the cure for 8 days, flipping them every morning. Rinsed them, patted them dry and put them in the fridge uncovered overnight.

Added a bunch of black pepper and on the drum at 190* with some hickory for smoke


Pulled the bellies when they hit an internal temp of 150*


Removed the rind and had to try a couple of pieces


Pretty good stuff!!
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:35 PM   #2
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John, I don't even know what to say about that .... YOU ARE THE MAN!
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Beautiful!
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:31 PM   #4
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I'm with Buzz on this one!
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:29 PM   #5
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Looks good. Next time try to keep the temp lower. You'll keep more of the fat in the bacon.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:40 PM   #6
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Looks good. Next time try to keep the temp lower. You'll keep more of the fat in the bacon.
This bacon did have more of a ham taste than a bacon taste.
Next time I'll try and cold smoke it. Its kind of hard to do that though when its close to 80 degrees outside.
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:22 PM   #7
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Where did you get the pork belly Vermin. Do you have a butcher in your area that gets it's product locally? Sure wish we had a good butcher in our area.
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Next time I'll try and cold smoke it. Its kind of hard to do that though when its close to 80 degrees outside.
John, you aren't looking for any sympathy form any of us in the mid-west .... are you?
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:48 PM   #9
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Check the Asian markets Lew. The bellies are usually cut up but I asked the guy behind the counter and he came out with a 10 lb belly
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Good job. I tried to make Buckboard bacon out of a butt one time. It was also more of a country ham type flavor/texture.
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