HELP - Brined pork belly Pop's brine, brine is slimey

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by chef jay, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. chef jay

    chef jay Fire Starter

    Hello,

    I brined two pork bellies as per Pop's brine, followed it exactly. Brining time was 13 days. I took it out of the fridge and the brine is slimey, like snot or gelatinous liquid. The pork itself doesn't smell bad. Did I ruin it or is this what happens?
     
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  3. chef jay

    chef jay Fire Starter

    I appreciate the quick feedback, I suspected as much. Testing and pictures are coming!
     
     
  4. c farmer

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

    Looking foward to the pics.

    Pops brine is awesome.
     
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2013
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    It happens. Wash it off and proceed...JJ
     
  6. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    Looking forward to pictures!
     
  7. chef jay

    chef jay Fire Starter

    So here they are. I had another for my first build and smoke, the pictures didn't turn out (lesson learned, don't use my blackberry for pictures). Here is the bacon after sitting out:


    I tested it with a quick fry:


    Here's what made it to the cooked picture, it was the perfect mix:


    I added cheese the cold smoke, why not? It's cheddar, moz and cheese curds:


    The cheese was done earlier, I don't know if that's common but it was done to the way I like it:


    The bacon:


    And then sliced:


    Back is sliced, middle are chunks for soup and the front is scraps for pizza. I also saved a whole chunk to try on a hot smoke to see what happens. Anyone try that after the cold smoke?

    Not that this has anything to do with bacon, I also smoked this for my wife as a snack for her patience:


    It's brie smoked on a cherry plank with a cranberry compote and parsley, thyme, savoury and garlic from the garden. There may also be nuts on there, but they aren't mine...
     
  8. c farmer

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

    How long did you cold smoke the bacon?
     
  9. chef jay

    chef jay Fire Starter

    I did it for roughly 12 hours. Should I have gone longer? Flavour-wise it seemed to be pretty good.
     
     
  10. c farmer

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

    I did mine for 12 hrs too.  I am smoking more saturday and I might go longer.  12 hrs had good flavor.
     

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