Buckboard Bacon First Attempt

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by scooper, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. scooper

    scooper Smoking Fanatic

    My pink salt arrived last week as I was cutting up a boneless butt for the dogs.  Lucky me.  I sliced off a hunk and decided to try my first BBB.

    I went with a simple cure brine:
    • 1 quart of water
    • 1/3 cup of kosher salt
    • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
    • 2 teaspoons of pink salt
    I had a short cure window of 7 days due to the holidays approaching.  Last night was the last smoke until Xmas Eve.  So a 7 day cure in the fridge, 9 hours of drying with honey powder, GBP and maple, and into the MGS yesterday with some apple wood.  The lowest I can get the MGS is around 185. I waited about 2 hours and probed with a sterilized therm.

    After cure:

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    Sprinkled with honey powder, GBP, and maple syrup:

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    After a short 9 hour nap unwrapped in the fridge:

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    After reaching 150 IT in the apple wood:

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    I was more than pleasantly surprised at the flavor of this.  The wife really loved it.  It was just a bit too sweet for my taste.

    Is it okay to cut back on the sugar a bit in the wet cure?  Or is it necessary for the "hammy baconny" flavor?

    Over all, for a shorter brine/cure, and a shorter smoke due to the MGS, I think it came out pretty good. 

    Any suggestions or tips?
     
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Looks good to me!!

    It's ok to cut back the sugar.

      Craig
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2011
  3. nozzleman

    nozzleman Smoking Fanatic

    Man I love that stuff, good job. I have never done a liquid cure, I always put it on dry and into the fridge.
     
  4. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great from here.

    With the cure and salt in the brine, I see no problem reducing the sugar if that is your taste preference.

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  5. scooper

    scooper Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks, guys.  I appreciate it.  Less sugar in the brine next time!
     
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    You have to love some good Buckboard bacon. It makes some of the best sammies too.
     

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