1st butt bacon, came out good except...

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by danmcg, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I did a couple butts with TQ and sugar. 7 days in the frig and smoked them with hickory and maple for 3 hours then cooked at 180-190 till 155 internal. Came out real good, almost tastes like bacon :)
    Here's some that I coated with CBP all sliced and headed for the vac sealer

    But heres the issue I got and was looking for someone to back up my opinion. While slicing up the last on I noticed a gray area in the center. To me it looks like the cure didn't make it to the center of that piece. First time I've seen this, what do you guys think?
  2. ol' smokey

    ol' smokey Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Dan I think your correct about the cure. I have done some hams and I use a brine that I inject them with then soak them 7 to 10 days. You might try that or just letting them go another day or two.
    good luck
  3. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's some good looking bacon, Dan. I can't help you with what causes the gray area except as was already mentioned. Possibly not cured long enough.
  4. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job, Dan. I've never done that kind of bacon, but I do remember reading that grey in the middle is from the cure not reaching the center.
  5. t-bone tim

    t-bone tim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great lookin buckboard Dan , I think you're right on the cure thing , not long enough , but it shouldn't hurt much ... thinner slices taste closer to bacon and thicker more like ham .....nice job [​IMG]
  6. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That grey is not cured, no problem though since your temps were good.

    I do those quite a bit with TQ. You can get a full cure in 3 - 4 days if you pump or inject before soaking. You will need to do a fry pan test for saltiness before smoking and possibly soak for a day if salty.

    You did good.
  7. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Real nice bacon Dan!!

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