My First Successful Bacon!

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by smokingohiobutcher, May 29, 2011.

  1. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've been wanting to try some bacon again for quite some time now, since the first try was a horrible creasote disaster! (back when I was a newbie). Bearcarver has been a great help to me, for this I say THANKYOU!!!

    I followed his bacon thread and pm'd him for some advice and he was most gracious! Now........


    I saved aside a nice belly from the last order we got in at work. Cut it into 3 pieces and measured out the proper amount of Tender Quick and brownsugar per Bearcarvers recipie. Rubbed it into the pieces then vacum packed  them for the cureing time.


    The first piece I sprinkled granulated onion garlic and coarse black pepper on both sides.


    the 2nd piece(on the left) is left plain .  The 3rd piece is sprinkled with granulated garlic and Luzziane cajun seasoning.


    plain #2 and #3 in the background

    Stacked on the drying racks for the overnight in the garage fridge


    Its Morning and gettin things going....loaded in the Ol'Doughnut box Verticle smoker.


    I am using a prototype A-maze-n Pellet Smoker that Todd made for me at my request since i was looking for more volume of smoke to fill this big verticle smoker without losing soo much burn time.


    Lighting half the unit with a mapp gass torch turned way down.


    after the pellets get burning they settle down to form a nice little bed of small coals


    Well Shoot I thought I got a good pic of the AMNPS puttin out some nice strands of TBS....Sorry.

    Anywho! is what my bacon looks like after 12 hours of smoking.... 


    Heres a close up of #1





    Now they go into the garage fridge again overnight to cool down firm up and wait for me to take them to work tomarrow to be sliced. 

    Thanks for watching


    Thanks Again BEAR!!
  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow SOB what a great thread. That bacon looks great. That is my first view on the new smoker. I am looking forward to getting mine soon. 
  3. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    The bacon looks good, nice job.

  4. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking bacon SOB, congrats! So what do you think of that pellet smoker, seem to work well? I have an A-MAZE-N and love it, but also have quite a bit of wood pellets.
  5. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    Looks tasty Mark! Congrats!
  6. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great job on the bacon SOB...
  7. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member smoker...not sure what you mean?


    It took a little getting used  to starting it...takes a little longer to get the pellets to keep burning but now I think I got it down...needs plenty of fresh air to feed those pellets.

    Thanks Gene, Paul, and joel!   I cant hardly wait till tomarrow to slice em' up and fry the first slices...YUM! 
  8. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have a pellet smoker on the way to test. I spoke with Todd about this when I met him in MN a couple months back
  9. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    ahhh Gotcha!! I like it new feet make a big difference and the pellets make a nice longer burning does a good job of filling my big verticle smoker.

    The 8x8 version had to be lit in 4 places to get enough smoke for this smoker, then it had burn through issues
  10. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Nice first bacon! 
  11. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks awesome SOB, can't wait to see it sliced!   [​IMG]
  12. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking bacon!!!

       Have a great day!!

  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Perfect!!!  [​IMG]

    You did an outstanding job on that Bacon, you old SOB !!!

    Any chance of some pics of it sliced???

    Thanks for showing, and the mention,

  14. The Butcher brings home the Bacon...That bacon looks fantastic SOB....Great color. The prototype AMS looks sweet...i wonder if those tapered dividers would cure the row jumping on a 6x8?[​IMG]
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes, That new AMNPS will be good for both dust & pellets.

    The one I tested had a few problems, but Todd got that Baby perfected to a T.

    Our job was to find problems. Todd knows how to listen to the input, and fix the problems!

    And he never stops perfecting!

  16. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Alright Guys!! Here are the sliced pics.

    #1 Garlic-onion-CBP


    #2 Plain -no extra seasoning-just Tender Quick and brown sugar.

    #3 Garlic and Luzziane cajun seasoning.


     All 3 turned out excellent!  the  cajun was not as spicy as I thought it would be though...a little more salty...since the 1st ingredient in the cajun seasoning is salt.

    Hoped you enjoyed the show...Tonight we are having BLTs! YUM!!!


  17. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Whhh Hoooo that looks fabulous!!!

  18. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking bacon.  I have used Bears recipe on BBB and it is a "no fail" way to go.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  19. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Simply awesome, I would be all over BLT's if I was you today also!
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hey you SOB !!!!

    Thanks for the sliced pics!

    Pleasing to these old eyes!!!!!


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