Discussion in 'Info and Practices' started by sc0tty2, Mar 1, 2012.

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    Smoking a couple giant mangalitsa speck today and for the next 5 or so days.  Using amzns and some beech dust.  Thanks, Todd!!
  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great! Did you bone them out yourself, and how long did you cure them?  With juniper berries and nutmeg?
  3. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  4. Would love to see the whole process.
  5. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm interested.

    Being of Croatian background, for me , Speck is a smoked pork belly eaten raw.

    This intrigues me.
  6. I described the entire process at my blog on several occasion.  Not sure I'm allowed to post links.
  7. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    And what cut is this originally. I get the speck part there is a croatian butcher in my suburb. I am looking for a method to do a product that people can use as a cooking ingredient,like Italians use pancetta but smoked.Speck is probably it.YOU LOOK LIKE YOUR THE MAN.Can you let us in on the process  please?
  8. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm not sure that there is an "original" cut.

     Croatians call cured smoked bacon speck

    In the northern parts of Italy, smoked prosciutto is called speck.

    In Germany there are several different specks.
  9. Correct mostly, AK1.  In Germany and Austria, speck means bacon.  In northern Italy(Alto Adige), speck is a preparation.  You can "speck" any cut of meat.  However, when in Sudtirol, if you say speck, it is assumed you are speaking of a leg, unless otherwise indicated.  There is speck di spalla/schulterspeck(shoulder), speck di carre'(loin), bauchspeck(cold smoked pancetta or belly) among several others.  Moikel, you are probably talking about pancetta affumicata or bauchspeck, aka cold smoked pancetta.  Yes, the nomenclature is confusing.  Moikel, I believe there is a way to get to my blog through my profile.  I will post a picture of the shoulder speck I just removed yesterday.

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