First time w/ Pork Belly

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by heyer5, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. heyer5

    heyer5 Meat Mopper

    Alright, here goes nothing.  I'm not sure when I'm tackling this, but I've been told that a relative is picking up a pork belly that he wants me to smoke.  I've never done it, and I lack the equipment to really "cold" smoke, has I run a WSM.

    Looking for opinions on curing (assuming you cure it, but maybe that's only for cold smoking?)

    Temp to run - I'm not sure how low I can run my smoker and still get smoke (I don't have an AMNPS)

    How long does it take/or what IT are you looking for (again, not cold smoking).

    And, oh, just about everything and anything else I need to know about?
  2. hank2000

    hank2000 Smoking Fanatic

    U must cure for it to bacon. After its cured it is salt meat and after it is smoked it is bacon. I cute mine out using Tq or a wet cure. After the proper cute time I wash it off and soak it at least a half hour the. A fry test to make sure it's not to salty. If it is I soak it some more. Put in frig for 24 hours So it will dry and take the smoke better. I put it in the smoke for 12 hrs at between 115 and 120 for sure not over 130 I don't want the fat to render out. I don't cook my bacon so the meat never gets over about 105 or 110. Cooking comes when I get ready to eat it
  3. heyer5

    heyer5 Meat Mopper

    Awesome info, thank you!  I feel like I'm going to have a bit of an undertaking coming my way!

    I'm wondering if I should just go order an AMNPS or the like and cold smoke it?  I highly doubt I'll be able to keep my WSM that low in temp, and as you said, fat rendering probably wouldn't be good :)
  4. hank2000

    hank2000 Smoking Fanatic

    Well I use a mes with cold smoker kit because I can't produce smoke below 189 in my smoker with the cold smoke kit I can. Might want to orde on u have time depending on what way u cure dry or wet u have at least 7 to 10 days befor u will need it
  5. heyer5

    heyer5 Meat Mopper

    Thanks Hank - I can produce smoke with mine under 189, but I'd be lighting like 2 coals, and have unlit ones, with a chunk of wood, and cross my fingers!
  6. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  7. hank2000

    hank2000 Smoking Fanatic

    I've used both pops wet cure and bears step by step and they are both very very good. Hard to say witch ion I like best so sometimes I do it one way and then I will do it the other next time.

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