First time belly bacon!!! with Q-View

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by teeznuts, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Recently I asked the bacon experts here for help in deciding whether or not to remove the rind from my first ever belly. To be honest the nipples on the rind were creeping me out so I opted to remove the rind as soon as the belly thawed. It was a PITA but I was happy with the result.

    Bellies are hard to find in my area and frozen was all I could find. It didn't seem nearly as thick/meaty as the bellies I've seen on here but beggars can't be choosers. I would have to settle for junior sized bacon strips.

    Once thawed and rind removed, I cut into 4 slabs and used Morton's Sugar Cure. After some days in the cure I took a little vacation with the Mrs and upon returning it was time to smoke some belly(after the BBB of course). Yesterday the slabs were soaked, rinsed and sat under a fan to get the pellicle forming. Coated with maple syrup and some pepper and ready for smoke. Cold smoked these with the mighty AMNPS using maple pellets. Let rest in the fridge over night and just sliced a few hours ago. Ended up with just over 5 lbs of slices and a little over 1 lb of ends/scraps that are perfect for beans, omelettes and salads.

    Not bad for my first belly ride but I would like to find a better belly so my slices are bigger like some that I've seen here.

  2. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    great looking bacon.......................[​IMG].          Try  an asian market for some pork belly.... they usually carry it....... they cut the belly into a 3-4 lb piece which  usally is the thickest part.

  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks great with nice color [​IMG]   Nice job
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Teez, evening... looks pretty darn good to me... Do you need an official taste tester ???? Dave
  5. tom c

    tom c Smoking Fanatic

  6. smokinal

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

    Great job with your first try!
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    MMMMmmmmmmm----I knew you do a Great Job on this too!!!!

    Very Nice!

    Thanks for showing!

  8. tjohnson

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

    Another Bacon Addict!

    Great Job!

  9. jc1947

    jc1947 Smoking Fanatic

    Teeze, that looks truly awesome!......[​IMG]
  10. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Thanks guys! I appreciate all the advice in the beginning stage.
  11. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Great looking bacon.
    I need to read up and jump in on making some
  12. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good looking Bacon Teez. Been a long time for me,about 50yrs. ago in Ada Okla. with my Uncle Mack[​IMG]( reflecting as he writes).

    He would joke with me when they came to visit about having found a better way to smoke them pigs...told gullible me that he kept them in a building with a smokehouse on one end and feed them high salt food and all he had to do at killing time was to clean them, and cut them up and wrap them[​IMG][​IMG].
  13. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    LMAO about the nipples...because I know what you are talking about...Your bacon looks GREAT ! 
  14. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great! and nice color too.
  15. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very nice well done Teez
  16. billyj571

    billyj571 Smoking Fanatic

    Great Job all this bacon talk is killing me I just called my butcher he's on vacation till Monday need a pork belly fix.........
  17. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    I see you're in Washington . Do you have "cash & carry" stores there? It's owned by "smart & final" or vice versa and it's more of a restaurant supply store. They sell bellies there if you need a quick bacon fix.

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