Making Bacon. 1st time

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by alelover, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. What size bellies do you all get usually? How much per pound do you pay?

    I was at a store by my work, Compare Foods, and they have pork bellies for $2.49 a pound. They sell sliced chunks of it and whole ones. He says the average for a whole one is around 20 pounds. It looks like a good price and a pretty healthy size. Is it?
     
  2. smokinal

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

    Yea man that's a large belly. I wish we could get them that big around here. The last one i got was about 9 lbs..If the price is the same for the chunks as the whole belly, take the chunks & get them off the thick end.

    Al
     
  3. Thanks Al. I was thinking of cutting in half and vac seal and freezing half. I don't want to FUBAR a whole one on my first attempt. The chunks are only like 3" thick. Only China has more pigs than NC.
     
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2016
  4. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I'm with you only doing half on first try. What cure are you planning on using?
     
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    3" thick....That's a thick belly...  20#'s... that's from a big pig....   should be really good flavor....  If the whole belly is cheaper per pound, I'd get the whole belly....   It's really good meat for other stuff... 
     
  6. Cure #1
     
  7. cybball

    cybball Fire Starter

    Bellies I have been getting are usually right around 20. I have been cutting them into 5lb slabs. Works great. Last ones I got were $1.59, which was a great price. Living in hog central (Iowa) doesn't hurt!
     
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Good price any think <$3 and I'm in. Last couple belly's I got were 11 and 12 pound. Wish I could get big ones...JJ
     
  9. We are pretty hog centric her in NC also. Second only to, you guessed it, Iowa. [​IMG]
     
  10. Got a belly today. Had to pay $3.49 this week. Nice belly it looks like. What do the experts think? 14 pounder. Going to do half Maple bacon and half regular. Should be thawed in a couple days.

    Looks like it has a few ribs still.





     
  11. smokinal

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

    Great start Scott!

    Nice job on the skinning!

    Never thought to use an electric knife, looks like a good idea.

    Here's a video of a butcher who really knows how to skin one:



    Al
     
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great Start, Scott !![​IMG]

    Looks like a nice meaty Belly!![​IMG]

    Be Back.

    [​IMG]

    Bear
     
  13. Thanks guys. Cool vid Al. I need a better knife for this. Electric worked pretty good but its hard to hold the button on and maneuver.
     
  14. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks really good.....   I'm in.....  [​IMG]
     
  15. fullsmoke

    fullsmoke Meat Mopper

    . I just picked up some today 2.99# got 54#s
     
  16. Good deal. Did they have skin and bones?
     
  17. Been in the cure 12 days now. Rinsed and racked and into the fridge for 1 1/2 days. Smoke on Saturday.



     
  18. smokinal

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

    Boy those are really nice thick & meaty bellies.

    They are going to make some awesome bacon.

    Al
     

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