Formed Bacon from Curley's and Amish Bologna

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by woodcutter, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I made Curley's summer sausage last week end and thought I was going to get this Formed Bacon done early last week. Well finally finished stuffing it today. I made a 25lb batch of the Formed Bacon. Instead of forming it, I stuffed it in a 4" lunch meat fibrous casing. The magnum chub took 16 lbs. The rest I stuffed in some fibrous summer sausage casings I had left over. I did the same with the Amish Bologna. The Amish Bologna recipe is from NEPAS.


    Here is 25 lbs of sticky sticky Formed Bacon.


    Ready for my first magnum chub. I really didn't know how this was going to go but it was just like stuffing a stick of summer sausage.


    Here she is, all 16 lbs of her!


     My drying racks are not nearly large enough so I hung the big chubs on my deer gambrel.


    Everything went in the smoker at 5:00 tonight. I'm guessing this will take around 14-16 hours. My smoker will be running about 120 all night and I will bump it up at 6AM. Using oak hunks in my chip pan and AMNPS is lit at both ends with apple pellets. It is -7F and supposed to get down to -15 to -20 tonight. I'll post more pictures tomorrow after I get some color on everything. My plan is to slice the 4" chubs for the freezer for sandwiches. I'm hoping to be able to use the formed bacon for everything I put bacon on, BLTS, burgers etc or just fry slices for breakfast.
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2014
  2. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Interesting project. I'm in.

    Disco
     
  3. Lookin' good, Todd!



    ~Martin
     
  4. Sounds Great! Excellent use of the gambrels!
     
  5. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking good.. Looking forward to the sliced views!
     
  6. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks everyone! Here is a few pictures out of the smoker.


    Small chubs look the same.


    The big chubs had 5 degrees to go when the small chubs were done.


    I don't have anything big enough for a cold water bath and there is no yellow snow up on my trailer so this worked.


    Blooming/drying.


    Here is a sliced view of some Amish Bologna. It is very good! The large chubs will be sliced tomorrow or the next day. Let them rest a little. I'll post some sliced pictures of the large chubs when I get slicing.
     
  7. sam3

    sam3 Smoking Fanatic

    That looks excellent! [​IMG]

    I'm gonna have to search for that recipe here.
     
  8. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Here you go!

    Amish Ring Bologna from Nepas

    Old Amish Ring Bologna is made with pork. 

    For 2.5 lbs in a couple different ways.

     2 lbs lean pork

    1/2lb  back fat

     OR

     2 lb pork shoulder

    1/2 lb beef heart or wild game.

    Grind the meats thru med plate 2x

     2 t salt

    1/2 t cure #1

    1 t ground mustard, packed

    1 t white pepper

    1/2 t allspice

    1/2 t marjoram

    2 garlic cloves chopped fine

    1/2 cup fine powder milk (opt)

    1/2 cup cold water
     
  9. sam3

    sam3 Smoking Fanatic

    Thank you sir! I have some beef middles in the refrig looking for something to do. [​IMG]
     
  10. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    One day Rick posted it and said "here is a recipe for Amish Bologna. Not a bad recipe actually". Lol, I really like it. I add a little more garlic powder but not much.
     
  11. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I sliced the Formed Bacon today. I wasn't expecting it to be so good as a sandwich meat. I also fried a few slices and really liked it. This is one of the sausages that the flavor really changes after a little time has passed after mixing. I used 4 cups of NFPM and 1 cup of water to the kit.


    Nice mix for the most part. Had a little swirl on one end below.



    Casing came off and meat is nice and moist. It took 20 hrs in the smoker to get to 153 IT.




    Amish Bologna tomorrow.
     
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  12. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That looks excellent Todd!!!
     
  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Terrific sausage, Todd. It has inspired me to get the stuffer out. Maybe for the throwdown...

    Disco
     
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Awesome Todd !!!

    Almost missed this thread!!

    I love to fry PA Dutch Ring Bologna & Bag Sausage along side a couple eggs!!

    Nice to have a couple feet of snow around for a quick cool-down, eh!!

    Great Post !!---------------[​IMG]

    Bear
     
  15. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Dan! I normally try to iron out these sausage recipes without a kit  but this is the second kit I bought from Curley's Sausage kitchen and am really happy it. Even if I didn't follow the directions on this one.
    I can't wait to see what you come up with but it sounds like you have some kind of idea.
    Thanks Bear! I sliced this Formed Bacon first because I wanted to have all the slicing issues ironed out before I started on the Bologna. I was pleasantly surprised with how good this really is. When cold it tastes like some kind of deli meat that I like but can't place it right now. Hot, it tastes like bacon.
     
  16. ron maxwell

    ron maxwell Newbie

    Looks great!
     
  17. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Here is the Bologna. It looks the same except you see a little marjoram scattered through it.



     The Formed Bacon was defineatly my favorite out of these 2 sausages. Thanks for looking!
     
  18. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow, those look great Todd!! I really should start using my enterprise stuffer....
     
  19. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What size is that?   4 inch?

    I used to get big stuff made like that,  fits a piece of bread great.

    Looks great.
     
  20. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Another great sausage. Kudos.

    Disco
     

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