Bacon is way too salty.

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by suboc, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. Well Im new to curing bacon and my first attempt was this past week. I went by this savory recipe http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/dining/home-cured-bacon-recipe.html?_r=0. The only thing i did different was used pink sea salt, and the bacon came out so salty. What was done wrong. I cold smoked it at 82*F for 6 hours using a smoke generator I built from fosters beer cans. I was impressed with the smoke generator but not the bacon. I ended up blanching the bacon to try an draw out some salt and its still only fit for beans and chili. Is there another recipe that could be suggested to me for a better end product.  I would prefer a non sweet dry cure. Im going to be buying 4 more bellys this weekend and maybe I could try multiple good recipes.
     
  2. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

  3. Ok thanks I found what I was looking for. Is there a way to save a thread so I could reference it later with out hunting for it?
     
  4. The NY Times recipe would be over 3.5% salt, even more if cure is used (way to salty for most folks). You didn't say that you used cure, if not, you should be using cure at the temperatures you're smoking at.

    Try cutting the salt back to 2 to 2.25%.

    http://www.diggingdogfarm.com/page2.html

    ~Martin
     
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    suboc.... evening.... Use the recipe below.... It will calculate all the ingredients by weight for you.....  The recipe you used has a lot of salt in it...   If you do not have a grams scale, I suggest you get one... about $15 and well worth it.....    Dave

    http://www.diggingdogfarm.com/page2.html
     
  6. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yes... subscribe to it ... then you just click on the "subscriptions" tab over to the right...
     
  7. Yes I am using fiesta brand curing salt.
     
  8. Then the bacon was as much as 3.75% salt or so, definitely way too salty.
    The NY Times sure prints some garbage.


    ~Martin
     
  9. Do I have to use the sugar in these recipes? I notice that almost all of them have sugar, I dont care for sweet meat and my wife is diabetic.
     
  10. No, you don't have to use sugar.
    If you're using the calculator, set the sugar percent to zero or just ignore whatever it calculates.


    ~Martin
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2013
  11. Thanks for the help guys. I will let you know how it works out this time. I'm just looking forward to having 12lbs of bacon in the refrigerator.
     
     
  12. It was one of the only savory recipes that I found. And it was one of the first recipes in my google search.
     
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  13. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Suboc, evening....  We have some great recipes on the forum.... Most are tweaked to accommodate  personal preference in flavor profiles....   I suggest cutting the bellies into 1-2# hunks and trying different seasonings on them... from turbinado sugar, maple sugar, garlic, onion, black pepper etc ....  With 12 #'s you could get several profiles in one go-round....   worth thinking about ??  good luck on your next bacons.... we need pics and recipes and tastes tests for all members to drool over....    

    have a good evening....     Dave
     

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