I started this Bacon Oct. 26. It started out about 12lbs I think. I always use pops brine and it turns out fantastic this time I thought I would try a little maple syrup: 2 Gallons water 2 Cups Kosher Salt 1 Cup Maple Sryup 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar 2 TBSP Pink Salt I took it out last night rinsed and put in the fridge to dry over night. I just put it in the MES @ 100 and lit one end of the AMAZN with Maple pellets. Here it is just getting started! I will probably let this go for 10 hours or so.