Pecan/Apple Smoked Belly Bacon with Q-View

Discussion in 'Pork' started by teeznuts, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    I'm normally a BBB guy because the only bellies I ever find are frozen, have the rind on and seem to come from anorexic pigs. While visiting the in-laws in the midwest I came across a store that sold bellies. They were just as anorexic as the California bellies but they were fresh, $1 cheaper per lb and the meat cutter was more than happy to cut the rind off and resell it as cracklins.

    Got the belly home and broke out the bacon makin stuff.


    Cut the belly in two.


    Used 1 tbsp of Morton's Sugar Cure per lb and the added some brown sugar. Cured for 9 days and it was time for a soak and rinse.


    Next was a fry test. I usually skip the fry test since I feel that I have sugar cure down to a science but I was craving a taste so I did one.


    Rubbed the bellies with a light coat of maple syrup then placed under a fan to get the pellicle forming.


    Filled the AMNPS with 1/4 apple and 3/4 pecan. Lit both ends, waited 10 minutes and into the MES it went.


    I used ice to help keep temps down. Temps climb a little higher with both ends lit but I averaged 77 degrees for the majority of the smoke. Smoked for somewhere between 10-12 hours(not sure exactly since I went to bed and it was done when I got up) and I got some nice color.


    Bear Views



    Let em rest in the fridge for a day then into the freezer a few hours to firm up for slicing.


    Cross section of each. These guys actually look more like BBB than belly to me. I wanted more fat. Damn anorexic pigs!


    But it tastes like smoky good belly bacon. Got about 5 1/2 lb out of it.Time to start curing some more BBB since this won't last.



    Thanks for looking.
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That is some good looking yet Lean Bacon!...Have you asked your Butcher if he has Jowl, they have a great flavor and higher fat content, unless all you guys raise in Cali are Arnold Schwarzenpiggies!...JJ
  3. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome Looking Bacon Teez!

    So, hows the Pecan Wood Smoke taste?

    Similar to Hickory, without the bite?

    Great Job...Once Again!

  4. smokinal

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

    The bacon looks great Teez!
  5. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]man oh man great look job!
  6. johnnie walker

    johnnie walker Smoking Fanatic

    Dang, Teez, those bacons turned out great! [​IMG]
  7. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    O Boy it looks great. i need few pieces  for bacon and eggs[​IMG]
  8. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Not familiar with jowl. I've seen it sold already smoked but never given it any thought. I was just surprised how much this did NOT look like belly bacon to me.
  9. Fantastic looking bacon Teez!  And man, you are right.. that is some LEAN belly bacon.  Looks killer!

  10. That is some lean bacon, but your smoke looks fantastic. How was the pecan? 
  11. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Beautiful color and super lean!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  12. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Pecan is like hickory light. It's got a definite pronounced flavor but it's not as harsh as hickory. I've used it on chicken, fish, a ham and this bacon. Right now it's the right smoke for me. It's also good combined with apple or maple.

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