Apple Wood Buck Board Bacon!

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by big nut brewer, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. I've made buck board bacon a few times, following Pops brining method.  This is my version that I'm narrowing down:.

    for every 1 gallon of water, add:

    1/2 cup canning salt

    2 cup granulated sugar

    2 tbsp blackstrap molasses

    2 tbsp granulated garlic

    2 tbsp granulated onion

    1 tbsp cure no. 1 pink salt

    I trimmed out three pork butts (~20#) and used the portion around the bone for making some of Woodcutters ham sticks (those were excellent... kids had the whole batch gone in a couple of days) and the nice rectangular chunks got filleted in half and soaked the the good stuff for 11 days:  

    Time to rescue and rinse the piggy off in cold water, pat dry with paper towels, and do a quick fry test.  Not bad!  I have the salt level to my liking:

    I wanted to start my smoke on a couple of hours, so I applied some wind power to dry the surface out:

    Now into my MES30 with mailbox mod.  Only plugging it in to monitor the temp periodically.  Got my AMNPS loaded with applewood pellets:

    After a day and two trays full of pellets (my smoker temp varied from 83 during the day to the mid 70's at night) I forgot to get the money shot!  I was too distracted by mt $52 ebay steal that came in the mail I guess:

    A day of chilling in the fridge and a few hours in the freezer to firm up, it was time to slice and package:

    I thought my wife and I agreed on 1# packages... but she made an executive decision and went with 1.5# packages!!!

    Was going to freeze the ends and pieces as well, but heck!  We need a reward for all of our "hard work"!

    Best snack food ever!!!!!

    Sweet and smoky!  The family loves this stuff!  I don't know if you can call this Bearview or not... it looks like a complete meal to me!!  Prost! 
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2015
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  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking bacon! Nice smoke!
  3. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nicely done sir!
  4. okie362

    okie362 Smoking Fanatic

    I think...I think...I think I can smell it frying!!! [​IMG]

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