Buckboard bacon success!

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by ecodork, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. ecodork

    ecodork Fire Starter

    After ruining more things with cure than I care to admit, I pulled off my first successful bacon cure & smoke! I'll keep it short and to the point.

    Had a 6ish pounder bone-in shoulder. Following various guides and recipes on SMF I cut it into two halves lengthwise along the bone. Trimmed them up a bit so that final pre-cooked weights were 2.5# each but one was a tad thicker than the other.

    Cure for the thick one was your basic Tender Quick, brown sugar, CBP.

    Cure for the thin one was the above plus garlic and onion powder and some of my own chipotle powder (Doc's home-made, home-grown, & home-smoked chipotle powder).

    Gave'em both 7 days in cure, vacuumed sealed in the fridge, spun'em daily.

    Smoked in hickory and mesquite 5 hours around 160 - 175* until internal 135*.

    Sorry, pre-today pics are trapped on my wife's camera....

    Both flavors came out pretty good. Spiced one is subtly different, nowhere near overpowering.
  2. denver dave

    denver dave Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I'm impressed. That is some great looking bacon. Never tried to make any myself but getting closer every day.[​IMG]
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds like you did good, and looks like you did GREAT !

    For that you get some of these------->[​IMG]

    Congrats on some great BBB,
  4. davef63

    davef63 Smoke Blower

    them look awesome, nice job, dave
  5. ecodork

    ecodork Fire Starter

    Thanks all! Yeah, it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be...just lots of little steps. I will say I'm glad I followed the Tender Quick amounts to a "T" and gave it a 4 hour soak before letting it sit overnight.

    It was interesting to compare the pre-smoked I tasted during the "fry test" with the post-smoked today. Vastly different. I wasn't terribly impressed prior to the smoke but now it's great and really has that "bacony" essence.

    Denver Dave, give it a shot!

    Next time I'll try to track down some belly...
  6. sawyerrt10

    sawyerrt10 Smoke Blower

  7. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like it turned out great.
  8. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's some fine looking bacon! Ya done good.[​IMG]
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes sir you have some fine looking bacon there Eco. I really like the baucboard bacon so much that I went to Tallahassee from Jax to cut the skin off and cure about 170 lbs on the stuff and we will me out there again this coming weekend and smoke it all to.
  10. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Mighty Fine Looking BB!!

  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Your bacon looks great - can't wait for my next batch

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