Belly Tying Up The Smoker As It Becomes Bacon

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by smoking b, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. Yup as the title said I have belly that is becoming bacon tying up the smoker today so I won't be able to smoke any meals - just gonna have to make do the best I can... I realized today that despite making countless bellies into bacon I don't have a single picture of one on here so here we go...

    Here is the belly that is currently smoking...

    This was a dry brine done with cure #1, salt, pepper, sugar & just a tiny bit of garlic. It was on the rack to develop a pellicle & it has a very nice one...

    Here are the bellies in the smoker. This is a cold smoke with hickory.

    Since the smoker is tied up I figured I would have some smoked ham for breakfast. This is what's left of a dry cured ham I did - once it's gone I will only have one country ham left  [​IMG]

    Cooked up in a skillet with some red eye gravy...

    And ready to eat  [​IMG]   with a piece of soda bread I made yesterday. I love country ham!  [​IMG]  

    Edit: Typo
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2014
  2. c farmer

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

    Bacon is a good reason to tie up the smoker.        [​IMG]

    My next curing lesson will be country ham if my butt turns out good this time .
  3. I figured I might as well get some dried beef going too...

    I started with this chunk of beef.

    I trimmed the fat ruthlessly from it.

    Injector sanitized & drying.

    I injected both ends of the beef with beef curing brine.

    Here they are in one of my small brining buckets.

    Baggie to hold them under the brine.

    This will go in my fridge for one week to cure then I will start the smoking/drying process.

    The bellies are still doing fine in the smoker  [​IMG]  
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  4. Sure is!

    Make sure you pick good hams to cure for your country hams - nice full muscle bellies with no pockets around them etc... True dry curing such as country hams is a different beast & it's best to start with every advantage you can  [​IMG]  
  5. Well the bellies are out of the smoker. They will stay in the fridge tonight & get smoked again tomorrow.

    Here is how they look after about 12 hours of smoke.

    Coming along nicely  [​IMG]  
  6. c farmer

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

    Man they look great. Nice color already.
  7. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks good! Choice of wood?
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2014
  8. I would tie up my smoker 24/7 for bacon that looks that good!! [​IMG]
  9. Aaahhhhh, so you double smoke your bellies!
  10. Thanks man  [​IMG]   They are coming along perfectly.
    Thanks man  [​IMG]   I'm using hickory.
  11. Thanks man  [​IMG]   the couple days it takes to smoke great bacon is a small price to pay & it is instantly forgotten once you taste the finished product!  [​IMG]
  12. Yes - I cold smoke them for 12 hours, rest overnight in the fridge, cold smoke them for another 12 hours then rest in the fridge for 2 - 3 days. After that I slice them up & enjoy  [​IMG]
  13. newsmokeguy

    newsmokeguy Smoke Blower

    Look good! U cured the ham 2?
  14. Thanks  [​IMG]   Yes I made the country ham too. It was a dry cure that takes a long time but the results are well worth the trouble for these!  [​IMG]  
  15. Ok the bellies are back in to finish up today.

    AMNPS running hickory pellets again - this will finish up the cold smoking of the bellies  [​IMG]  
  16. deansomers

    deansomers Smoke Blower

    WOW!!! Bacon ham dried beef. U r the man! I gotta learn as much as I can off ur posts :)
  17. Lol thanks man  [​IMG]  
  18. I just got back from a run & the bellies are coming along great  [​IMG]
  19. Ok the bellies are out & will soon be wrapped to spend two or three days in the fridge. After that I will slice them up & enjoy some bacon!  [​IMG]

    The bellies were cold smoked for a total of 24 hours - 12 hours of smoke, rest in the fridge overnight, 12 hours of smoke.

    I'll update again when I slice the bacon...
  20. c farmer

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

    Looks great. I need to try cold smoking bacons again.

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