frozen pork bellies?

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by cabin, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. I finally found a butcher that can order me pork bellies, but only at 40 lbs minimums. I have never smoked bellies before  so can I freeze some and use at later time. Dont want to use all 40 lbs incase I mess up. 
     
  2. I have had great success with Frozen Belly.  I don't see why you have any issues what so ever.
     
  3. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I bet they'll come frozen unless you have some hog farms nearby.
     
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    I have never gotten fresh bellies. The ones I get are frozen also. So just defrost one and cure it then you can see how you did. Then you can defrost the rest and do them to your liking.
     
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Pops should be here.

    My bet would be that almost any pork we buy has previously been frozen.

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  6. I've made bacon out of fresh bellies.  You'd never be able to tell the difference because of the way the cure changes the texture of the meat.
     

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