Buckboard Bacon slicing?????

Discussion in 'Pork' started by teeznuts, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    I've done several rounds of buckboard bacon and have always sliced across the grain after smoking. Has anyone sliced with the grain? Is there a difference? I just slice everything across the grain and figured it's the same with bucky but now I'm curious.
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's probably best to slice across grain, but I always slice whichever way the slices look the nicest & are the best size.

    I think mine usually end up mostly across grain, but more or less by accident.

  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Good question, I think I'll try with the grain next time on a small piece and see what the difference is. 
  4. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    if you cut with the grain the product will be stringy and chewy........you can always try some and see if you like it that way.
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This is coming from the king of how to slice - if you check his posts you will see what I mean. Follow his advice and you will be very happy
  6. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Thanks Chef Rob. A while back I actually checked out a bucky thread you had that I think was also in the wiki. I've always sliced across the grain but I was curious what the result was if sliced with the grain. Stringy and chewy and bacon don't belong in the same sentence so I'll stick with across the grain.
  7. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You'd be making pork jerky!
  8. smokinal

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

    The first BBB I made, I didn't know any better and sliced a few pieces to try before slicing it all up.

    I did what Bear said & sliced them to look good,

    but I sliced them with the grain and they were very chewy.

    It didn't take long to figure out it has to be sliced cross grain.

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