Pork belly skin on?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by redsmoke, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. redsmoke

    redsmoke Fire Starter

    Got some pork belly 23lb from a friend who I helped with some work. What I have is 2 frozen sealed packs. The box said pork belly skin on. Do I just thaw it out (keep little froze so I can cut it) and cut the skin off? Than cut into chunks to make bacon and unseasoned side pork out of it.

    Thanks Randy
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have great knife skills so I skin bellies. No need to adjust the cure amount and better flavor on the bacon. When I had a dog, I would smoke the skin until very rendered. You have to refer them but the dog loved them. You can also add the smoked skin to flavor other dishes...JJ 
     
  3. smokinal

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

    JJ's right, there are some videos on utube on how to skin a belly. All it takes is patience & a really sharp skinning knife.
     
  4. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Take your time with it and you'll do fine.  The skin can also be turned into "cracklins"!  Love that stuff for sure!  Just beware of the POPPING oil it creates!
     
  5. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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    I've never smoked a pork belly with the skin on, but from what I've seen, it looks easier to remove right after smoking.
     
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    It is easier to remove after smoking but there is less smoke on the Bacon and you have to reduce the amount of Cure 10% as the skin absorbs none...Kind of one of those, Fifty Cent, one...Half Dozen, the other...[​IMG]...JJ
     
  7. redsmoke

    redsmoke Fire Starter

    It's cut off now and the meat is curing and I will smoke them next weekend.
     
  8. smokinal

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

    It's really not that hard to get the skin off before smoking. It takes you to another skill level.

    Check out this video.

     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2016

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