Hampshire pork belly bacon w/qview

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by catzcradle, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. catzcradle

    catzcradle ImpEx - Users Awaiting Email Confirmation

    Thanks to a question this weekend, I was reassured about what Nitrate burn is.  Anyways, This was a test of the Hampshire bellies I bought from an online retailer out of Iowa that sells only heritage Hampshire pork from small farms.  I wanted to try something a step up from the local asian markets that sell netherland or mexico pork belly, and with the skin on, is now running about $4/lb.  I got what I felt was a great deal for 9-11 lb bellies skinless for $60. I was even more surprised when the four bellies were nearly totaling 48 lbs.  The last 4 skin on bellies I bought were about 28 lbs for four. with about 5 lbs of skin.  

    I did the first one using high mountain bacon cure, and cold smoked for ten hours over cherry in an amns.

    Sliced them up today, and had to have a few test pieces which were outstanding done in the Cherry.  Looking forward for them to age a bit.  These bellies had a bit more fat content, which I'm happy with.  The netherlands pork I've been getting is so lean, I have to add fat when I cook the bacon.  This belly yielded 12 lbs plus 5 slices, and a bit more than a pound of ends and pieces.

    I have the other three bellies in cure, and now I'm going to have to do them in batches, because I really like applewood smoked as well, and there always needs to be some hickory.  That will be on my agenda next weekend.

  2. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Very Nice......[​IMG]
  3. johngalt

    johngalt Newbie

    I haven't smoked bacon yet. I WANT TO. What temperature do you smoke it? You slice it after smoking, right? How? Your cuts appear to be consistant and thin. That'd be hard with a butcher knife.
  4. thatcho

    thatcho Meat Mopper

    The bellies look really good. Can you P/M me the link to where you order the Hampshire bellies. I have ran into a so called wall. The local butchers have bellies but not like what you got. Lots of fat no meat. I would appreciate it.
  5. moose350

    moose350 Newbie

  6. thatcho

    thatcho Meat Mopper

    Thnks a bunch. It is the time of year and the family prefers homemade vs store.

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