Smoked Side Pork Slices w/q-view

Discussion in 'Pork' started by forluvofsmoke, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This doesn't qualify as bacon because it's not cured, but is a very good substitute for bacon.

    I started this project today as part of a rather large smoke I have coming up in the morning, and there is too much going on to post it all into one thread, so here goes!

    I thawed out 3.3 lbs of 3/16" thick sliced side pork last night from a locally-grown hog. Today, I seasoned w/cbp and 1 tbls kosher salt and hand tossed to get the slices coated evenly.

    I hickory smoked @ ~175* 1 hr, then @ ~200* for 1 hr, then ~250* until crisp and fat was finished rendering out. I cooled in the smoker, removed and broke into 2-3” long pieces, and chilled in refrigerator in a covered container.

    Ready to toss with the seasoning:



    I ran skewers through the side pork to hang it in my Smoke Vault 24 from a regular grate:






    Into the Vault for a kiss of hickory:


    I hung the side pork on the 4th rack space and left 2 grates underneath on the 1st rack space just in case it let loose of the skewer and took a tumble into the firey depths:



    1 hour in and time for bumping the temps from 175* to 200*:






    3 hours in...I ran the temps up to 250* after 2 hours...fat is rendering out nicely now...note the white bubbly fat:









    Fat rendering has nearly stopped now @ 3.75 hours, so it's ready to cool:






    Drippings from the side pork in the SV24 water pan...do not smoke without a drip pan and be sure to keep the pork directly above the pan, or your smoker will likely be a huge mess and/or catch on fire:



    I put a 12" x 18" pan on a grate underneath to drop the side pork into as I slide the skewers out of the pork:








    Into a 7-cup container for fridge storage:



    This stuff is very tasty, super crispy and dry, suitable for crumbling as a baked potato or salad topping...or whatever else you heart desires! [​IMG]

    Enjoy, everyone!

    Eric
     
  2. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Thats cool...bet its good.
     
  3. scpatterson

    scpatterson Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man that looks awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![​IMG]
     
  4. mr mac

    mr mac Smoking Fanatic

    That would be great on a salad! Well, I guess it would be...[​IMG]
     
  5. What is seasoned w/cb
     
  6. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    CBP = Cracked Black Pepper
     
  7. Thanks!
     
  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Eric, evening....   I love it.... Side pork is delish and the smoke would make it a 10+..... good job on being creative....   Dave
     

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