getting dry cured bacon crIspy

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by rgjujitsu, Jun 5, 2014.

  1. rgjujitsu

    rgjujitsu Newbie

    Hello all I'm opening a restaurant in Florida and I have worked out a good recipe for the flavor of the bacon but I'm having a hard time to get crIspy. It has a ham like texture which I like but I want crIspy for burgers. I'm doing a seven day dry cure with pink salt, kosher, sugar, garlic, and pickling spice. After that I soak in twice changed cold water for eight hours. I then dry it off and smoke for roughly three hours at 225 in cook shack 008 I think is the model. The little one. Any tips for getting crisper? Thanks everyone!
  2. rgjujitsu

    rgjujitsu Newbie

  3. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Why do you soak in cold water.   I just brush the extra salt and cure off, maybe do a quick rinse, let dry and then smoke.   I thought the whole idea of doing a dry cure was to reduce the amount of moisture in the bacon?

    Not sure about the ham like texture either but that's just me and I am sure there will be a lot of opinions and advice offered.
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dry cured bacon needs a little oil in the pan... I would use lard..... also a little water to get the fat starting to melt will help.... Have you tried baking it in an oven at 350 for 20-30 minutes.... depends on the thickness of bacon etc.... that's how we cook our bacon now..... UMMMMM good.....

    I have had the same problem with dry curing bacon......
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2014
  5. rgjujitsu

    rgjujitsu Newbie

    Thanks fellas. I soak in water because otherwise it'll be way too salty. Do you think wet cure would help?
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Try the wet cure...... the bacon will have a different texture....... You must be getting "non enhanced" bellies.... My meat guy has the option of purchasing injected or non injected bellies for me..... I buy the non injected bellies and wet cure them... I have tried dry curing them and they come out very dry as any moisture is pulled from them with the cure/salt/seasonings etc.... it is very little moisture but the results in the finished belly is noticeable....
  7. rgjujitsu

    rgjujitsu Newbie

    Thank you will do

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