Mo bacon!

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by crankybuzzard, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Decided to try Pop's brine for some bacon. I've always done the dry brine in a bag and did the flip flop stuff for a couple of weeks or so. This was SO much easier!

    Made the brine, dropped in the belly pieces, and then waited 3 weeks.

    Pulled a piece out Friday night, rinsed, patted dry, then left it in the frig until around 10 Saturday night. Then she went into my big vertical with only an 18" Amazen tube of pecan pellets. Definitely a cold smoke. It was 52 here last night, and the tube, in my big vertical, only raises the temp around 8 degrees.

    Got up after 6 hours, pulled and stuck it in the frig. I then went back to bed! Sorry, bleary eyed and didn't get pics except before the smoke.

    Got up this morning, put the belly piece in the freezer to firm up a bit, then sliced!

    Fried a few strips and end pieces, then made a killer BLT!
  2. Looks very tasty! If you will give it a few days before you smoke it it will have a better smoke flavor all the way threw.

    Happy smoken.

  3. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Some good looking bacon! But the other side is I never saw any that wasn't. I am a bacon junkie.

    Once you've done bacon, you better lay in a new project reefer to hold the sides cause store bought will never be good enough again.

    Great lookin bacon man.
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking bacon! Pop's Brine makes it an easy process!
  5. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cranky looks great!! you are a smoking machine lately - I enjoy your posts, 

  6. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Terrific looking bacon, Cranky!

    [​IMG]  for trying a new technique! I love Pop's brine.

  7. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Bacon looks great..
  8. Bacon looks great, could almost smell in the fry pan shot!

    Did you do a mental comparison to the dry method compared to brine?
  9. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Funny you ask about the comparison! We actually opened a frozen vac pack of the dry cured goodness and fried some of it up the next day. My son is as big of a geek as me, and he thought about trying it. He also mentioned getting a salinometer, but I shut him down on that.... It's no wonder he has colleges offering him rides, he's a geek, like his dad! :yahoo:

    As expected, the flavor was different since we used different spices, it fried up about the same, and the drippings were about the same in quantity, but it was still a great bacon!

    Now, one thing I did notice without the comparison, the bacon from the wet brine seemed to slice better due to it being a bit more firm. I hand slice a lot of the time and prior to slicing, the bacon goes from the frig to the freezer for 45 minutes. Now, that could be attributed to a difference in the bellies I got, etc...

    Also, the wet method takes a LOT of real estate in the frig. The dry cure doesn't take as much since it's in bags and you can stack them up. I may try a wet cure in my 1.5 gallon bucket next time just to see how it goes.

    Either method you choose, will work well.

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