Belly Bacon start 1/28/16

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by tropics, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

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  2. smokinal

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

    Good start Richie, but that's about enough bacon for 1 breakfast!

    Ask them if you can buy a whole belly.

    Probably can get it cheaper.

    Al
     
  3. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I;ll have to have you talk to my Doc LOL

    Richie
     
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good Start Richie!![​IMG]

    That's not a bad price for a small piece, but a whole Belly might be cheaper, like Al said.

    You can freeze most of it & only eat a little now & then.

    Be Back.

    [​IMG]

    Bear
     
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    1/2 a belly, 1 belly? Man go big, 4-6 bellies at a time! That's how I roll!
     
  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    This was the largest I have ever seen in that store,I am okay doing small piece now and then.Keeps me out of trouble. 

    Richie
     
  7. smokin phil

    smokin phil Smoking Fanatic

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  8. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Watching this Richie.

    I like doing small batches of stuff. Just makes you smoke more often.
     
  9. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I'll be watching as well. Gotta get my hands on some TQ to try a dry cure! I do love pop's bacon though so it's hard to change
     
  10. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Phil do you have any Sams club or CosCo? if so ask their butcher.

    Richie 
     
  11. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I agree its good therapy 

    Richie
     
  12. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I had to drive 80 miles round trip to get mine.Here is a store locator link

    Richie

    http://www.mortonsalt.com/where-to-buy/
     
  13. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    If you don't mind a little drive they almost always have bellies at the Costco in East Peoria. I just bought one last week for 2.29 a pound
     
  14. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds like you have cure #1, why not use Digging Dog Farms cure calculator and do a dry rub cure? I prefer using cure #1 over TQ.
     
  15. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I agree.... 

    If you have a grams scale, dry rubbed belly ~1.4 grams per pound is the max. allowable of cure #1...  mix it with your salt and sugar etc. and uniformly rub it on the belly...   You can adjust the salt and sugar to your personal preference...  I use 2% salt and 1% sugar...  works for me...
     
  16. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I will definitely try it out.  Actually picked up a scale a few weeks ago on clearance. Any advice on testing its accuracy?  The dry cure is going to have to wait a while because I am stocked up on bacon but in the meantime I can check that my scale is in working order.
     
  17. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What is the range of the scale...  0- ??.... 0-100 grams... 0-500 grams...
     
  18. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a 0-500 grams scale.... I wish I would have picked up a 0-100 grams... 

    American dime weighs...2.3 grams....   nickel weighs....  4.9 grams....   quarter weighs....5.7 grams...  all together weighs 12.9 grams....

    Something like this would be great...  they have calibration weights available too...

     
  19. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm in for this one too, Richie.

    Disco
     
  20. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Richie, I'm in ! [​IMG]
     

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