Belly Bacon Done Curing?

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by cybball, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. cybball

    cybball Fire Starter

    I'm doing belly bacon.  Have a 20lb belly cut up in 4 pieces (roughly 5lbs each).  I am trying Pop's Brine this time.  His recipe to a T.  I split them up putting 2 sections into 2.5 gallon zip locks. (2 total).  I mixed up the brine (w/cure) and poured it into each bag.  I drew out the air and into the fridge they went.  Been 14 days.  Since the beginning, I would turn the bag over, to make sure they "sloshed around" some.  Did that every few days.

    I drained the bags today for a smoke tomorrow.  Each has a section or two of pink meat.  Not huge, but golf ball to baseball size.  Like maybe where the meat folded over itself.  I'm assuming that part didn't get cured.

    What should I do.  Should I mix a new batch of liquid and let them go for several days more?  Are they ok now?  Just not sure.  The rest of the meat looks like all other bacon I have done.  Has that grey brown look and it's firm.

    Thanks!
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They are ready to go....    14 days is perfect....  
     
  3. smokinal

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

    I agree!

    Al
     
  4. cybball

    cybball Fire Starter

    Thanks. Took them out of the fridge this morning and the color evened out. They are smoking right now. :)
     
  5. I'm in  [​IMG]

    Gary
     
  6. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They got cured. What you're seeing is where oxygen was trapped and kept the meat pink. Once you smoke and cook it, you'll see that the 14 day cure was just fine.

    Now, smoke it up and show us the results.
     
  7. I guess you are feeling better ?

    Gary
     
  8. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep!
     
  9. cybball

    cybball Fire Starter

    Definitely! Should be done in a few hours. Pics tomorrow!
     

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