Process / Safety

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by chopz1, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. I'm new to this so I'm still developing an understanding of the process for making cured / smoked bacon.

    I don't have the ability to hot smoke with precise temperature control, so applying smoke to a belly while maintaining ~200 deg without risking overcooking would be challenging at best.

    My plan is to cold smoke for 6-8 hrs after curing / drying, then using my kitchen oven to bring the IT up to 150 deg.

    2 questions:
    Would anyone have any safety concerns based on the plan that I described?
    What is the value in the final step of bringing the belly up to 150 IT?
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I prefer to cold smoke my bacon.... ~ 50-70 deg. F for several hours/up to 24.... then rest in the refer for a day or 2, uncovered on a wire rack.... then partially freezing and slicing.... then vac pack and freeze for later cooking.... where I bake in the oven on a rack at 325 ish until crispy and done...
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    The only benefit to smoking/cooking to 150° is, you can eat it with no further cooking, like baked Ham or Kielbasa. It is OK for a slice or two standing in front of the refer at 2AM...But a Bacon Sandwich? I want nearly crisp. I too, Cold Smoke then Bake to the desired doneness. Nothing better with Eggs and a stack of Pancakes!...JJ

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