Dry or Wet for Bacon

Discussion in 'Pork' started by 1750shooter, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. 1750shooter

    1750shooter Newbie

    I've been making bacon using a dry rub & am not really crazy about the taste - good, but not great. Can anyone comment on dry rub vs wet brining? Any rub or brining suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  2. smokinal

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

    I use pops brine with 1/4 cu granulated garlic, 1/4 cu granulated onion, 1/4 cu cracked black pepper. Then after 10 days to 2 weeks I rinse it & soak it for 4 hours, then coat it with  granulated garlic,  granulated onion,  cracked black pepper. Let it rest in the fridge for a few days then cold smoke it for 6-10 hours. Let it dry in fridge for a few more days, freeze for 2-3 hours & slice.

  3. 1750shooter

    1750shooter Newbie

    Thanks for all you're help! Maybe I'll just buy a case of pork bellies to work on.
  4. This is my favorite bacon recipe not brine but really good flavors
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2016
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I prefer a dry rub, to wet brined. I also prefer cold smoking over multiple days. Aging after the cure before the smoke and after the smoke also improves the flavor and texture. Age the bacon 5-7 days after the cure then smoke 18-24 hours over several days, then age 5-7 days before slicing and packing. That's my process now. Best bacon we've ever made.

    What's your process, recipe? Hard to give you an alternative not knowing how you are already making yours. There are many variables, and it may not be wet versus dry.

  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you are old enough to remember how bacon tasted in the 1950's, dry rubbed, aged, smoked and aged again is very similar...  

    Wet, immersion cured is similar to today's commercially processed bacon...
  7. smokinal

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

    I think the 50's is when Pops father was using a wet brine for his bacon.


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