Christmas Smoke!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by pops6927, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Smoking today and shipping out tomorrow Canadian and Buckboard bacons, me and the dog will share the cured and smoked blade bones, lol!

     
  2. Lookin' good, Pops!


    ~Martin
     
  3. Some lucky people on the receiving end!!!!!
     
  4. Do you have my address? LOL. Looks good
     
  5. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Speaking of Buckboard bacon, took out some from the freezer for today's breakfast!  I bake mine vs. frying, drain well on paper towels, way less fat, both in the bacon and in the tray!

    Before;


    After:

    (375° for 11 minutes)


    Draining!


    Gonna be a good breakfast!

    (...while the smokehouse is purring away!)

    That's what's known as "Enjoying The Fruits of Your Labor!"
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2012
  6. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    2 pm - Getting color!

     
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Pops, Looks like you may have done that before......  [​IMG]  ....
     
  8. tennsmoker

    tennsmoker Smoking Fanatic

    Pops,

    what temp and how long are you smoking?
     
  9. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Finished right about 5pm, 9 hours, finished internal temp was 150°.  They turned out great!  In the back fridge cooling down so I can slice and ship tomorrow!  But, unlike the smoked turkeys that were leaking all over, these were very lean and hardly any juices to clean up, so I got a little Qview!

    Canadian bacons:


    Buckboard bacons, hadn't removed the hooks yet:


    and blade bones for soup, dog, and munchin':


    Overall, it was a very successful smoke!  They all turned out great, nice color, looking forward to slicing some up tomorrow!
     
  10. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep!  But, every time I start up the smokehouse, just like I did at the store, thousands and thousands of times, every single smoke was critical, because I was raised a cheap bastard, lol!   Last thing in the world was to ruin meat!  So you have to go over and over it in your mind, plan your work and work your plan, start, be patient, and finish properly and most important, clean up after yourself; nothing worse than getting out everything and make someone else do the dirty work!  Can't stress that enough!  And, record it in your smoking log!
     
  11. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks great..... Those are some stocking I'd like to see hanging with my name on it....
     
  12. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dang it man that looks good.
     
  13. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's on it's way.  Sliced up 4 of them, one whole (for my brother, he used to be a meatcutter too and can cut his own! lol!).  Some to Florida, some to NNY, etc.I can imagine next year as other cousins find out...
     
  14. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Looks great pops.
     
  15. tjohnson

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

    Great Job Pops!!

    TJ
     
  16. tennsmoker

    tennsmoker Smoking Fanatic

    Hey Pops,

    that meat looks awesome one question, are those BBB made from pork loin?

    al
     
  17. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yippieeeeeee... Pops is sending some my way (don't I wish)... Pops, "Your The Man"
     
  18. mike johnson

    mike johnson Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Those look great pops.
     
  19. loticlover

    loticlover Newbie

    Fantastic! I will continue to follow all of your threads. Thank you for taking the time to mentor!
     
  20. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I should add - how I cured them!  

    From the Article:http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/a/pops6927s-curing-brines-regular-and-lo-salt

    Pops6927's Curing Brines - Regular and Lo-Salt


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    By: Pops6927

    Posted 10/27/14 • Last updated 10/27/14 • 817 views • 0 comments

    These are my Curing brines for pork, beef (corned and dried), poultry, and so on.

    Regular Curing Brine:

    1 gallon of clean water

    1 cup plain, regular non-iodized table salt

    1 cup sugar or sucrolose

    1 cup brown sugar or sucrolose equiv.

    1 tablespoon of Cure#1

    Lo-Salt Curing Brine:

    1 gallon of clean water

    ½ cup plain, regular non-iodized rable salt

    ½ cup sugar or sucrolose 

    ½ cup brown sugar or sucrolose equiv.

    1 tablespoon of Cure #1

    mix in food-safe container, stir until clear.

    Add meat.  Do not add different species of meats, but you can add pieces of the same species.

    Refrigerate 1 to 21 days, depending on thickness of meat. 

    Up to 2 inches, 1-10 days.

    2 - 4 inches, 5 - 15 days, may require injecting to cure from the inside-out as well as from the outside-in.

    4 inches and larger.  15 - 21 days, requires injecting.

    Injecting - use a Morton's injection 4 oz. manual injection pump with the Broadcast needle.



    or equivalent.

    Brine can become frothy (ropy).  It has both salt and sugar in it.  It also is inputting curing ingredients into the meat and oozing out blood and plasma.  Just dump the brine and make up fresh and continue curing should that happen.  Make sure you keep it at 38° - 40°.  

    Weigh down meat into curing brine with half-filled ziploc bags of water on top.

    No further mixing or stirring required, let it cure until done.  Meats will come out of the brine wish a distinct grayish look.  This is normal.

    Cure #1:

    I use this as reference:


    Computing equivalency, for 100 gallons of curing brine, you add 24 lbs. of curing salt to 100 gallons of water and mix.

    That is .24 lbs, or 3.84 oz. of curing salt to 1 gallon of water maximum.

    My recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of curing salt to 1 gallon of water.  A level tablespoon is .88 of an ounce.  Heaping is approx. 1 ounce.  Either is fine.  Neither comes close to the maximum amount allowed, but just enough to do the job.  Curing at Maximum, plus with injection, requires 48 hours of cure time maximum.  This process uses less than one third the curing salt and a longer curing time to tenderize and flavor the meat.

    You must cover the product until it floats off the bottom of the container, then weight it down to stay submersed in the brine, leaving no area to be exposed to air.  You must keep at 38° to 40° until curing time is over.  Remove from brine, put or hang in smokehouse or smoker.  I personally go from refrigeration to heat with no wait time myself.  There is different thoughts, whether to allow a pellicle to form or not.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellicle_(cooking)

    A pellicle is mainly, to my knowledge, allowed to form on fish prior to smoking.  We were only 30 miles from Salmon River in Pulaski, NY, a very well known salmon run.  We had many bring us their salmon to process and usually allowed a pellicle to form  But, pork and beef are not tender like fish.

    Anything I have left out or any questions, be sure to PM me!  Don't hesitate!
     

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