bacon slicing question

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by cal1956, May 1, 2015.

  1. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    i have been thinking about curing my own bacon and I got to thinking about buying a meat slicer then I got to wondering if the food carriage would have enough travel for mmmm say a 9 inch pork belly ..any one here use meat slicers for slicing bacon ? or know if it would work ?
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Lots of people use meat slicers to cut bacon. You just need to get one that is appropriately sized for what you will be slicing. Or you need to trim the bacon to a size that your slicer can handle. Don't let not having a slicer discourage you from making bacon. I've been hand slicing what we make for over 15 years. Another option would be to make a jerky board to aid with cutting. A good trick which applies to using a knife or a sliver is to partially freeze the bacon then slice.
  3. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The smaller blade slicers can be a problem when slicing the belly bacon flat however you can bend it double just before you slice (a bit like a rolled joint) and then you will find it will slice with a smaller blade. Chilling it before you slice will also help.
  4. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    I am thinking that one with a 9" blade will work as long as the travel isn't a problem , do those of you that have meat slicers like the smooth blade or the serrated blades better ?
  5. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The only ones I have used that have a serrated blade have been the low end domestic ones. I find the smooth blade ones better for slicing and they are easier to keep sharp.
  6. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    that's kind what I thought but just thought I would ask
  7. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    after a lot of searching I have decided to buy a 10 in commercial smooth blade slicer with a blade sharpening attachment
  8. c farmer

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

    What brand?
  9. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    one I liked was an MTN brand ..$375.00...... it should do what I want,  at that price it damn well better
  10. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Its only a cheap hobbie when you are justifing it to the bride......LOL
  11. rexster314

    rexster314 Meat Mopper

    I hope your MTN has a different meat tray that will let you slice 9" bacon. I couldn't on the MTN 10" slicer I had. 7" or 7 1/2 was about as long as I could get it on the one I had.
  12. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    if worst comes to worst,  I will figure a way to extend the carriage rails

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