Butcher pre-sliced the bellies, now what?

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by dpeart, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. dpeart

    dpeart Smoke Blower

    All,

    I was talking to my brother and he told the butcher he wanted the bellies to make bacon.  The butcher sliced the bellies into bacon slices, but it isn't cured or smoked.

    Ideas on how to salvage the bacon?  Can you wet cure sliced belly, then smoke it?

    not sure how to proceed.

    dave
     
  2. shtrdave

    shtrdave Smoking Fanatic

    Is it in some sort of order when sliced, can you reassemble and tie then cure and smoke?
     
  3. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't see why not. It should cure real fast being thin sliced.
     
  4. pops6927

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

    Yes, you can!
     
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Well if Dan and Pops say you can then you can take it to the bank. Brine away.
     
  6. Another option is to just pack it up as is and eat as fresh side.

    Dredge strips in seasoned flour and fry it up like a pork chop.

    Fresh side CAN be nearly as addictive as Bacon!
     
  7. dpeart

    dpeart Smoke Blower

    So to cure sliced bacon, what times are we looking at?  I've only done a dry cure, and do the x days per inch thing.  How do you know you have cured long enough?

    thanks,

    dave
     
  8. pops6927

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

    If you're making stacks or bundles and tying together, I'd go 4 days with wet cure.
     
  9. papagreer

    papagreer Meat Mopper

    All is not lost!!! Lets see some pics after the smoke!

    Chris
     
  10. I'd bring it back to the butcher and ask him what he was thinking when he sliced it all up without being told too. But I'm a real customer from hell.
     
  11. Fresh side CAN be nearly as addictive as Bacon!

    can it be, say it is not so, at last, Bacon is addictive   [​IMG]
     
  12. Fresh side seasoned with some Death Dust, brown sugar and grilled till crispy IS almost as addictive as bacon!
     

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