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Offline sjmcdowall

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Bacon questions
« on: May 14, 2012, 01:15:28 pm »
Ok - secured 22 lbs of side bellies for this weekend's activities - one of which will be a traditional American bacon

Sooooo - I read in the bible (that's that Chacuterie book ) he uses SKIN on side bellies then removes them after smoking etc - I've seen more recipes without the skin

So what's the better end result ?  I like the idea of skin off (and using that for smoked Cajun chicerones ) as easier but ....

Also any tips on the actual production with my cold smoker unit ?

Cheers !!


P..s. the other bacons are pancetta and ventreche and a garlic bacon for lardons

Offline rexster

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Re: Bacon questions
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2012, 01:42:59 pm »
I've done both over the years. I like the fact that the cure can get into the skinned bellies better than ones with skins but to tell the truth, after smoking I couldn't tell the difference. The skin is (for me) a little easier to take off after smoking than before curing. The order I received from my butcher the other day was messed up and they had skins on. I took them off before applying the cure and they're in my refrigerator now for another 6 days or so before smoking
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Offline destrouk

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Re: Bacon questions
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2012, 02:09:52 pm »
IVE DONE BACON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nitrate free also !!!!

here is a link to my pics mate if you cant see the text ill pm you the brine I used