Stringy bacon fat

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by ronmasonjr, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. ronmasonjr

    ronmasonjr Newbie

    I just made my first batch of bacon, it turned out great BUT the fat was stringy and my wife will not eat it. Bacon you buy from the grocery store the fat melts in your mouth but mine had little strings in it. Did I get an old pigs belly or did I cure it wrong. The only thing I changed was instead of water I used apple juice. I was going to use meat tenderizer but it tells you to soak it for 5 or 6 hours not the 7 or 8 days. Open the bag and find a ball of desolved pork belly. Any help?
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome and that's a new one. The only thing, I can think of, that would be stringy in fat is meat fibers. Meat tenderizer works too well over a long period of time. The result is a meat with a mushy, chalky texture like overcooked Liver...JJ

    See the meat buried in Fat at far right...This Pastrami was Butter Tender but not what I would call stringy.

    Last edited: Jan 14, 2016
  3. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Can you post up some pictures of your bacon so we can see it???
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