Makin Bacon

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by pineywoods, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    We needed more bacon and of course I have a few family members that wanted some so decided to do a bunch
     
  2. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good, You can send some to Kansas for a taste test... LOL
     
  3. cajunsmoke13

    cajunsmoke13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Awesome looking bacon Jerry...
     
  4. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You weren't just kidding when you said you did a bunch, were you? Looks great from here, Jerry. I haven't gotten into making real bacon yet but getting closer.
     
  5. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    holy schmoly!!! 3hawgs worth... hea what happent to that side hangin on the left, get a lil hungry and fry up some side pork??? looks good jerry!!![​IMG]
     
  6. nozzleman

    nozzleman Smoking Fanatic

    How do you cure bacon?
     
  7. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice! [​IMG] It all looks great. I can't wait to do some myself.
     
  8. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    goooooooooooooooooooooood looken bacon my friend[​IMG]
     
  9. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking pics Jerry, thanks for sharing. Now my taste buds are aroused, and no bacon in the house.
     
  10. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    excellent bacon for sure!!
    damn, your making me hungry
     
  11. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    HOLY PIG there jerry thats a bunch all right. Thats a boat load for sure. looks like you got that smoker handled. [​IMG]For what I know is some good eating bacon. AWESOME
     
  12. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks like you have the bacon making process, down! Nice looking bellies, Jerry! [​IMG]
     
  13. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yery nice looking bacon jerry-sure is fun huh?
     
  14. pops6927

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

    You start off with fresh bellies (when sliced it'scalled sidepork.)

    You soak it in a brine of salt, sugars and curing agent (Tenderquick or DQ cure, cure #1, etc. - sodium nitrite) for a length of time depending on the concentration of nitrite in your cure. A mild brine you can soak for 3 or 4 weeks, a full -strengh brine for a week. You want to make sure you get it pickled all the way through or you'll end up with raw pork in the center. Once cured, this is now salt pork. Great in beans and soups!

    Last, you smoke it in the smokehouse. You can cold smoke or hot smoke; you don't want to get the temp too high or you'll melt out the fat too much. Once fully smoked, it is now bacon. However, it's not cooked all the way through; you have to cook it before consuming it (sliced and fried, baked, or broiled).

    Those are the three stages of pork bellies.
     
  15. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    You can do what Pops said or you can use a dry cure. I used some Hi Mountain Buckboard Bacon kits and they come with directions. I used pork bellies but I think true buckboard bacon uses butts
     
  16. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow, that's a lot of bacon.

    Good job.[​IMG]
     
  17. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow that is awesome Piney.
    Never made bacon but definitely something I wanna try. How did you get a hold of so much pork belly?
    Hope to see a few pics of the first time you slice it up and have breakfast or a BLT with a smile on your face for a job well done.
     
  18. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Theres a meat market near camp that stocks bellies and with a couple days notice they can order however much I want they usually stock 20-30 lbs. A meat market by my house will get it for me but I have to buy it by the case there of course this time that would have been fine.
     
  19. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Lots of bacon has been packaged
     
  20. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Beautiful Jerry, I'm jealous. :)
    I want a BLT
     

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