Whats better then Bacon? Twice the Bacon! (Pic heavy)

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by metal man, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. metal man

    metal man Fire Starter

    Been smoking and curing a lot of sausage and jerky here lately so i figured why not put forward a little effort and make some of the best stuff know to man...Bacon!

    Here are the vics.

    Pork Belly. While this is far from the most meaty piece of belly I've seen i can't complain. I got it at a pretty good deal IMO. My butcher let me have it for $1.39 lb.

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    Pork Butt.

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    Butt with bone removed and cut in half.

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    Nothing fancy here so i wont spend a lot of time typing. Its just a real simple dry rub bacon cure.  

    1 TBS Tender Quick per 1 lb of meat

    1 TBS Brown Sugar per 1 lb of meat

    1 TBS Maple Syrup per 1 lb of meat

    Each piece of meat was weighed and the proper amount of  TQ and BS was rubbed on both sides of meat. I then placed each piece of meat in a 1 gallon freezer bag and poured in Maple Syrup before sealing each bag. Then it was on to a 10 rest in the fridge.

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    I forgot to take a pic of the butts in cure but they look the same as the belly does above.The same process was used.

    Now were cooking!! After a 10 day rest the meat is in the smoker for a 7 hour cold smoke with hickory.

    I set the smoker at 100F degrees and left it for most of the cook.

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    After the 6th hour at 100F degrees the IT of the meat was up to 98F. I bumped the temp up to 120 for the final hour to try and get a little color. After 7 hours i removed the meat from the smoker. The IT was 107F

    The butt has been magical transformed into Buck Board Bacon[​IMG]

    A few pics

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    Cooked up a few pieces of the BBB.

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    Here's the belly which again has magically turn in to Bacon![​IMG]  

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    Bacon Mountain [​IMG]

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    Out of vacuum bags so its zipploc time for these.

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    Cooked up some of the Bacon.

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    No Bacon test is complete with out a BLT

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    Hope you enjoyed the pics. Think I'm gonna go cook some bacon [​IMG]

    I should add while the Maple Syrup worked fine it was not really needed IMO. Next batch just going back to TQ and BS.
     
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2011
  2. smokinal

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

    They both look great! Which one do you like better?
     
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great job!! I think I'll go cook breakfast.
     
  4. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking bacon!!  Do you slice the BBB thinner since it's leaner? 
     
  5. nogoer

    nogoer Meat Mopper

    If i didn't pepper mine salt, sugar and cure would be my recipe too. I came to the same conclusion on the maple syrup as well as honey which was Kutas' recipe and my first attempt. Neither adjunct really did much for flavor and the BS already balances the salt enough. I don't really like sweet bacon anyway which is why i only add pepper now. Besides anything more than these few ingredients and bacon just wouldn't be bacon! Who the heck wants to eat bacon that isn't bacon?
     
  6. nogoer

    nogoer Meat Mopper

    Oh, that BBB looks like it was pressed?
     
  7. metal man

    metal man Fire Starter

    Not pressed. That's just the rack marks from the smoker.
     
  8. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I just got done putting up two bellies myself, I did a maple one also but I bought maple sugar and used that in place of brown sugar.  I can't wait to try it this weekend to see if the maple sugar makes a difference.
     
  9. metal man

    metal man Fire Starter


    I agree [​IMG]
     
  10. metal man

    metal man Fire Starter


    I sliced them both the same.
     
  11. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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  12. metal man

    metal man Fire Starter

    There's no correct answer to this one. Just depends on what I'm in thy mood for. Love them both.

    The bacon taste like...bacon and the BB bacon seams to have a slightly sweeter and less smoky flavor then the bacon. I got a feeling the BBB will make and awesome grilled cheese with a slice of Cheddar and some Texas toast.[​IMG]
     
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Metal Man,

    It doesn't get any better than that, does it?!?!

    It all looks Awesome----Great job!

    I found the same thing when I added Maple Syrup---It doesn't seem to add much (even injecting it).

    Maybe the maple flavored powder I hear about?

    Thanks for showing,

    Bear
     
  14. metal man

    metal man Fire Starter

    I would have to agree Bear. Hard to bet some good ole home smoked bacon[​IMG]
     
  15. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I'm sitting here knawing on baby backs and wanting a BLT, darn you. Nice job!
     
  16. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    Good looking bacon and alot of it very nice.[​IMG]
     
  17. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Very nice.   Great pics. 
     
  18. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Nice looking bacon [​IMG]  Are you going to memphis in may.I see you live down the road.
     
  19. Nothing better than bacon! Great job and Q-View!
     
  20. metal man

    metal man Fire Starter

    Doubt i go this year.
     

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