Belly Bacon

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by smokingd, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. Well I got 12 lbs of bellies from my butcher.  I removed the skin and rubbed them using Bearcarver"s recipe (1/2 oz of TQ/lb of meat and 1 tbs brown sugar/lb).  In to some vacum sealed bags.  These stayed like this for nine days while I was on the road working.  Jo (the wife) flipped and rubbed the bellies once a day for me (lucky meat)

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    Once I got home I took them out of the vac packing and into a sink of ice cold water.  Here they sat for an hour.

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    Did a quick little salt taste.  Just look at the color and that's before smoking.  Perfect salt content!![​IMG]

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    Quick pic of my smokehouse

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    Here we are after a couple hours (you can see my little sampler on the top bar LOL).  You can just make out the TBS

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    In this next pic you can see the hot plate I used as my heat source.  I kept my chip pan (aka cast iron frying pan) just above the element and this held my temps around 98-101 for the entire smoke.  I used a mix of hickory and maple and smoke these for around 12 hrs.  One pan of chips smokes for about 6 hrs.  

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    Once smoking finished they had taken on a wonderful color.  The bottom one was coated in CBP

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    Sliced up

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    And a pile of bacon

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    And of course need to fry some up and eat it sorry no finished pics but it was a battle for every piece this stuff turned out soooo good I don't think I will every eat store bought bacon again.

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    I would like to give a big thanks to Bearcarver for posting his recipe for us all to use.  Next up I just bought a 11 lb loin so Canadian Bacon is on the list gonna rub it in cure vac pac and off to camp I go for 9 days (gotta love the way my schedule is almost designed to make bacon) thanks for checking out my bacon.
     
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great color & it looks perfect, Dennis!!!!

    I'd come up for breakfast, but my map doesn't go that far North!

    Did you give Santa some Bacon???  [​IMG]

    Keep up the great work!

    Bear
     
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great looking bacon! Congrats on a job well done (no pun).
     

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