First Bacon Attempt

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by dangerdan, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. dangerdan

    dangerdan Meat Mopper OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Tomorrow I expect to complete a fridge I've been converting over the past couple weeks and I'm looking forward to making some bacon. I'll get the cure mixed up and get things started tonight. I plan on using the recipe navion jim posted. This will finally give me the opportunity to use my crawdad kettle.



    I can cure out a lot of bacon in this sucker but I'm only starting with two bellies for now to see how it comes out.



    Whoooohooo lets get started...[​IMG]
     
  2. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good luck on the bacon. I'll bet that sweetie is more than a handfull!
     
  3. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Guest

    Good luck Dan. I am sure it will turn out great.
     
  4. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    jim lernt me the steps many moons ago-hope yours turns out better than a fert- fallow and u will love it-good lucks Dan
     
  5. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good luck with your bacon Dan. Your helper sure is a cutie! :)
     
  6. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good luck Dan!!
     
  7. dangerdan

    dangerdan Meat Mopper OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The pot Jim refers to is stainless. This one is alunimum. Will this be a problem?
     
  8. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sooo I missed the belly train I assume? Sigh
     
  9. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes. Must be food grade plastic, glass, or stainless.
     
  10. bigarm's smokin

    bigarm's smokin Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree, she is a sweetie. [​IMG] those bellies will have you in bacon for quite a while. Have fun.
     
  11. dangerdan

    dangerdan Meat Mopper OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    thanks! Reckon I'll keep tryin to collect enough crawdads...

    Don't worry, another train will be along shortly. This packing house is only a few miles from where my motorhome is kept. I go through weekly. have been for years now. K, gotta go get a container.

    Wait, food grade plastic can be a big clear platic bag though.. Yreka!!!! [​IMG]
     
  12. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    ONLY if is says for food storage... Catering supplies have them. You DON'T want to have meat hanging for a week in a cure in something that can affect it. Too much chemistry for safety. And it's Eureka! ;{)
     
  13. dangerdan

    dangerdan Meat Mopper OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The big clear plastic bag the bellies came in is what I was refering to. That was my bright idea...It'll be good for tonight anyways. I have to go to town tomorrow. I'll get something more durable then.

    Yeah, Eureaka But I was clownin. [​IMG]

    I'll get back to you folks in 5 days.
     
  14. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Mmmm bacon! And yep, those bags be good. pretty leak/puncture proof too. You have a vac packer? It will speed curing times by around 20% I have found.
     
  15. dangerdan

    dangerdan Meat Mopper OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yah mean that piece of 3/4" plywood I cut to fit in the bin with the two 3x8x16 solid cinderblocks sittin on top? [​IMG]

    Yep I considered that. I picked up a box of huge heavy duty clear food bags and the GFC this morning. I bagged up the "packer" as well so theres no contact between the food and the wood.

    Yep, I think everythings going real well in there. Nice & juicy...[​IMG]

    Edit: you meant Vacuum Packer as in Food Saver type. in that case, yeah but I'm in no rush.
     

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