just picked up a case of bellies

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by jeff 1, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    I got me a case of 5 bellies/60lbs!  Not the greatest deal at 2.25 a pound but I wont have to order any more for a long time and it is the cheapest I have ever paid for them lately.   Also first time to have skin on but thats fine to since I can use the skin for something else.

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  2. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice score Jeff. Cure the bellies with the skin on, when you smoke them the skin turns hard and then it's easier to remove. The rind will not affect your smoke penetration. Cut the smoked rind into 1X2 inch strips and deep fry 'em for some cracklin's.
     
  3. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    Thanks, thats how I was thinking of doing it and since you suggested it I have no doubts about doing it that way now, 
     
  4. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I thought I was the only one on the forum that smoked bellies with the skin on.  Thanks Dutch!

    I find is easier to fillet the skin away from the belly after smoking.

    Smoked pork rind is also good as seasoning in slow cooked beans, adds some of that fatty, smokey flavor that I just love.
     
  5. gersus

    gersus Smoking Fanatic

    Awesome Jeff1, you can never have enough bellies in the freezer, IMO.

    Thanks a lot alblancher, you got me craving some nice smoky beans!
     
  6. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Nice score.[​IMG]Will be watching for q veiw.
     
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Score!!!

    $2.25 is a pretty good price for "lately".

    Bear
     
  8. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    Thanks guys,  I just made my wet cure and have it chilling in the fridge.  I will post some picks of the bellies cut in half once I get them pried apart.  I hope they are nice and meaty
     
  9. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    $2.25  isn't bad.. The last case I bought was$2.99.

    Pops told me to leave the skin on til after the smoke.

    It has no effect on the smoke penetration and it comes off a lot easier warm.

    What is the wet cure you are using??

      Craig
     
  10. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Can I have just one of them, Please. Cant get them around here. Guess I need to drive to a big city and look for some. Great score..
     
  11. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower


    Pops wet cure of course[​IMG]
     
  12. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower


    I used to have an old fashioned market order them for me but this time I went to a local commercial food supply company that supplies wholesale stuff to resturants and grociery stores and had them order me a case.  I bet you can find some place that gets fresh pork to order it for you if you got the entire case
     
  13. big twig

    big twig Smoking Fanatic

    Nice score! I love me some pork belly!
     
  14. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great score.  We are closer to $3/LB here.

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  15. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member


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  16. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice, can't get bellies at all around here. 
     

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