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Offline zueth

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First attempt at Bacon
« on: February 03, 2018, 03:34:42 pm »
I picked up a 10.5 lb pork belly from Costco to make bacon.  I split the pork belly in half so I had 2- 5lb chunks.  I planned on doing the 10.5 maple bacon so mixed together the ingredients and spread over the pork belly and put it in a zip loc and in the fridge for seven days.   Esch night I flipped them over to distribute cure properly.  After the 7th day, I removed from cure and rinsed with water. Then i put them on an inverted bradley rack into the fridge overnight.  The next day I fired up the Bradley and smoked at 120 for 3 hours with maple, then continued to cook at 160 until IT of 140.  Put the bellies in the fridge overnight and then the next day I put them in zip locs.  They sat in the fridge about 48 hours and then I sliced.  I left out about 8 pieces and vacuum packed the rest and put in the freezer. I cooked some up this am and the flavor was amazing, but the texture was a little firm, so I just need to work on the best way to cook.  I think I will try lower temps the next time around.  Overall I consider it a success and will be doing more.

Here are pics of the process:
Pork Belly

Out of brine

Out of smoker

Bacon Jig

Sliced Up

Offline Habanero Smoker

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Re: First attempt at Bacon
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2018, 02:10:57 am »
I like your bacon jig.

I see you decided to smoke/cook the half slab that had the bright red section. I would have done the same.


Offline mybad

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Re: First attempt at Bacon
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2018, 10:16:28 am »
That looks fantastic!

Offline Edward176

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Re: First attempt at Bacon
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2018, 10:52:51 am »
Looks real good, I especially like your jig!! I might use your idea and get rid of my slicer ;)

Offline theLDP

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Re: First attempt at Bacon
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2018, 09:24:54 pm »
Try cold smoking for your next run.  The texture will be better.   

Offline Gafala

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Re: First attempt at Bacon
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2018, 10:23:34 am »
Nice looking Bacon. I get my bellies from Fiesta Foods and have them split them so I have four to smoke.

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Offline ratherbboating

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Re: First attempt at Bacon
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2018, 05:19:35 pm »
Looks good.  When my bacon is ready, I throw it in the freezer till it stiffens some.  Make for easier slicing.
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