40 lbs of bellies 3 ways

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by hondabbq, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. Forgot to take some stages of pics but the important ones are there.

    Cured up 50 lbs of bellies with a couple different flavours, 10 lbs being hung up for pancetta and the other 40 into 10 lbs slabs.

    Sriracha and garlic, honet chipotle, and 2 basic ruhlman bacon seasoning. Those 2 I'm just going to double smoke.
    I pulled the bellies out of the cure on Thursday and back into the fridge for 2 days. Got them ready today for hanging and squared up one side to fit the dowel better.
    Of course I cooked up the trims and stumbled across something odd. The sriracha didn't turn the usual pinky Color when it was cook like the others done or like I have done in the past.
    I contacted a trusted source about my anomaly. With his advice I cut the belly in half to check the interior color. I think it looked ok, so I put the one half in on the doll and just laid the other half on the top of the 4 other dowels.

    Going to do a 10-12 hour smoke total. I'm going to pull the sriracha after about 3-4 hours. Then leave the HC on for about 2-3 more then leave the last 2 on for about 10-12 depending on the Color.

    I'll take them back to work on Monday to slic and package up.
  2. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I like bacon!:biggrin:
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I like bacon TOO!!!

  4. Been a rough and long day so far.
    I've never had an issue of the AMNPS going out on me.
    3 times today so far.
    The worst was I lost about 2 hours. Checked to see it still chugging away, went for a nap, got up and it was out. Not even warm. I'm assuming an hour maybe even 2 hours lost of smoke.
    Started making dinner ( pizza on the Blackstone) went to light that, smoker is out.
    Went out to put the Blackstone away after cooling, smoker is out again.

    I grow tired of this today. The first belly as planned is out. Second one shortly. Going to pull the last 2 at about 10pm. It's just before 8pm as I type.

    All vents are open so it's not choking down. I can't find a reason.

    Any who, all will be well in the long run i guess. I just didn't get it done in the time I thought and to the depth of smoke I wanted to experiment with.
  5. I just had a issue, finally microwaved pellets for 4:00 stirred then another 2:00 & mine burned good it was a really struggle Wednesday for me with my bacon.

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