Belly Bacon on the Smokin-It#3

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by dert, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    Finally found some bellies at a reasonable price here in the twin cites of MN!

    I went to restaurant depot and got the following for $1.58 a pound...








    Made up 2 gallons of pops brine and cured them for two weeks.
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2015
  2. dert

    dert Master of the Pit









     
  3. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    More to come when I pull them out if the brine and smoke in 2 days....
     
  4. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    In anticipation of good results, I bought two more bellies tonight...

    Price went up to $1.78/ pound (skin on), still $0.10 less then boneless butts...










     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2015
  5. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    Picked up some "bacon hangers" at Menards today based on some good intel here!

    $2.99/ each



    - edit 6/19/2015....these worked great to hang, unfortunately my bellies were too long for my si#3
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2015
  6. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    14 days is up tomorrow, I'll be drying and cold smoking this weekend.
     
  7. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    Picked this up In anticipation of more belly bacon in my future!

     
  8. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    Drying:



     
  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You are busy.........
     
  10. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    Finally home for a couple months...and procrastination on my kitchen remodel.



    I'll bring you some bacon and sausage next time I'm in Omak!
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2015
  11. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    In the smoker...







    At 7:30 PM...with the fan, AMPS and no heat from the SI.



    79, about ambient.


    After 30 min with both ends lit:

     
  12. c farmer

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

    Oh yea
     
  13. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    At 9:30 (two hours in):




    Now I'll swap the grates around and leave the door open to cool it off some.
     
  14. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    Swapped the racks and added my cold smoking heat deflector...I gained 10+ degrees over 2 hours with just the AMPS lit on 2 ends with the fan on top...







    Still giving plenty of smoke with the heat shield:

     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2015
  15. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    Took the heat shield out, temp was still climbing. At 11:45 I checked it, left the bottom latch open and the AMPS was on fire as it rounded the corner closest to the door...temp was 159 in the box!

    I smothered the second side that was burning and removed the cold smoking plate. Also swaped the racks again. The temp seems to be climbing after four hours so I may have to call it quits for tonight and return the bellies into the fridge.

    It's supposed to rain tonight so I'll probably continue the smoking in the morning. I'm starting to think that the smoking it number three isn't the best option for cold smoking!

    Just too well insulated- I may have to construct a plywood box to use the amazing smoking machine for cold smoking in...
     
  16. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

     
  17. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    Done for tonight...2:30am, 7 hours cold smoking:





    Looking good, more to come!
     
  18. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    Starting again at 9:30 AM...

     
  19. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The AMNPS generates a fair amount of heat... That's when I added the mail box mod.... That solved the extra heat problem....
     
  20. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    I listened to Dave and added the mailbox to my electric smoker, works fantastic
     

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