Bacon Cure containing White Pepper?

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by baja traveler, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. Going to do my first bacon this weekend.

    Bought a nice looking 8 pound belly from Costco, and by the calculator will require 9.27 grams of #1, 65.6 grams of Salt and 37.2 grams of Sugar. 

    I plan on curing for 10 days, then cold smoking using Washington Apple overnight (12-15 hours), then give it a 5 day rest to breath and firm up.

    I keep seeing mention of adding other flavors into the cure like white pepper, but I never see a mention of how much was used.

    Any thoughts on what other non-standard ingredients you like in your bacon? Already thinking about future attempts - maybe a wet cure in Jim Beam...
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I cut those Costco bellies into thirds. I apply my dry cure mix. My last batch I did I added a tsp of white pepper per each third to the cure mix.

    If you already started your cure you can still add white pepper to the belly. Just wait until the cure is done. After rinsing the belly at the end of curing add whatever seasonings you want. I don't use a set amount. I just shake on what I want. Typically garlic, white pepper and cracked black pepper. Sometimes ginger, chipotle powder or crushed pepper flakes. Then let the meat air dry and then smoke. My last batch I let air dry age for a week prior to smoking. I also let it mellow a week uncovered in the fridge after smoking. Was the best bacon I've made to date.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2016
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Mix everything but the Cure #1 add 2Tbs fresh Course Ground White Pepper. Mix well and taste a pinch. If your happy add the Cure, mix and proceed. If it needs more, add it. Ruhlman add 4Tbs Black Pepper to 5lbs of Belly. I find White Pepper stronger so go light and add if needed or add more Wht Pepper the day of the smoke before you dry to form a pellicle...JJ
  4. donr

    donr Smoking Fanatic

    I haven't made bally bacon, but I have used this on Back bacon.

    After I coat in curing salt, I sprinkle (maybe dust) with garlic powder and just enough ground cayenne pepper to notice a color change.

    Vacuum pack it & let it cure.

    Rinse off cure. Pat dry with paper towels.

    Dust with about the same amount of garlic powder and cayenne again.

    Let is sit in front of a fan on wire racks to form pellicle.

    Cold smoke.
  5. A whole week uncovered in the fridge? I am going 1 1/2 days before smoking mine. Taking it out tonight actually for Saturday. Will that be enough dry time?
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes that is plenty of time for the bacon to form a pellicle. The additional time in the fridge ages the meat. Give it a shot sometime. It really does make a difference in the end product. From now on every batch I make will rest at least a week before smoking and at least a week after.
  7. covered or uncovered?
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Be careful...Unlike Beef, Pork is not aged before packing. The meat and especially the Fat can get rancid going too long in the refer. After Cure is not a big deal because Cure inhibits rancidity...JJ
  9. 1 1/2 days be OK then JJ?  Should I cover it with something? It's on racks in the fridge now.
  10. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That will be fine. The refer is pretty moist and it would not be unusual to take 1 to 2 days to get a pellicle...JJ
  11. Well, its been 13 days since my initial post, and here is one third of the results - 10 day cure, racked friday night for pellicle formation - which was perfect by Saturday night. cold smoked 10 hours overnight using the AMNPS and Washington Apple pellets, then refrigerated and cold smoked another 10 hours today. Color looks great and it sure smells great. I'm going let it sit in the fridge a few days before cutting into it.

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  12. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow, that is one beautiful looking slab of bacon!!


  13. Well, I had fully intended to let this rest for several days before digging in, but I just couldnt.

    Wife claimed that it was the best bacon she has ever had!

  14. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I could sit down to that meal everyday!!

  15. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dang it man that looks good,, Nice job 

  16. whistech

    whistech Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That bacon is beautiful Baja Traveler!    Great job.
  17. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    Oh man, I love the look of that bacon.
    That is great, very nice.

  18. smokindeer

    smokindeer Fire Starter

    I added about 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to my last dry cure mix(for 1/3 of a belly).  It was delicious! I will probably up that a bit or sprinkle with a LITTLE during pellicle formation.

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