First bacon cure and smoke

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by roklimo, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. roklimo

    roklimo Smoke Blower

    I used the basic cure recipe from Charcuterie.  Rubbed about 8 pounds of pork belly (after squaring up a bit) with the cure and stuck it in large zip locks in the fridge.  Seven days later, I slice a bit off and tested.  Too salty for me, so about an hour soak in water.  Just right!

    On to the smoker.  

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    Cool enough out to make very small bed of coals, adding just enough apple and hickory to keep it smoking good. Never got above 100°, and most of the time right around 80°.  12 hours later...  Sorry about the phone pics.  Bacon is delicious.

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  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Your last statement is what it is all about.  Delicious is what we try for.   Congrats.
     
  3. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Bet you won't eat store bought bacon anymore
     
  4. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yup, Another guy hooked on BACON!

    Todd
     
  5. roklimo

    roklimo Smoke Blower

    Already planning on a larger batch.  This batch won't make it through Christmas.  (Yes, bacon makes a great gift!)
     
  6. roklimo

    roklimo Smoke Blower

    Sliced and ready for the freezer.

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  7. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Looking great!!!

    Gobble gobble!!!

      Craig
     
  8. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    OH man that looks good. Did you slice it think or thin? I can't quite tell.
     
  9. roklimo

    roklimo Smoke Blower


    Not too thick, or too thin.  About normal I guess.
     
  10. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks like you started with some really nice bellies.  Nice fat to meat ratio
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2011
  11. roklimo

    roklimo Smoke Blower


    They weren't too bad.  Little thin for my liking.  Only 3/4" on the thin end in some areas.
     
  12. smokinal

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

    They look perfect from here!
     

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