Pops Wet Cure: Hickory Bacon

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by redheelerdog, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Mixed up a batch of Pops bacon cure brine today.

    Doing an ~8lb belly, also curing another belly Pancetta style.

    Going to use Hickory with some CBP.





    Pancetta on the top

    Bacon on the bottom


    Thanks for looking - More pics to come  [​IMG]
     
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  2. smokinal

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

    Good start!

    I'm in!

    Al
     
  3. dave17a

    dave17a Smoking Fanatic

    Couple more weeks and its all winterlong. Can't wait. Need another fridge though, dedicated to bacon.
     
  4. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    Looks like a good start to me.

    I'll be waiting and watching.

       Ed
     
  5. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    :popcorn
     
  6. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks fellas, I did come across two of the most significant scores this summer:

          1) Finding out that my Costco has pork bellies for sale!

          2) Finding a perfect meat fridge on Craig's list for $50!

    It's almost like Christmas in September!  [​IMG]   I am stoked...  [​IMG]  
     
  7. bena

    bena Meat Mopper

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  8. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm following!
     
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Should be tasty!
     
  10. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm in.

    Disco
     
  11. dave17a

    dave17a Smoking Fanatic

    Ended up finding commercial fridge from a country club on craigs list. 80 bucks! Darn thing is huge. Sides get hotter than hell.
     
  12. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Awesome Dave! Now you've got to fill that baby up!

    I have ordered most all the controller and humidifier parts to convert mine to a dry cure chamber... my next challenge is dry cure sausage [​IMG]

    Week one of the Pop's Hickory Bacon is done!
     
  13. dave17a

    dave17a Smoking Fanatic

    Told my wife same thing on old fridge, top freezer, evaporater fan out. Gotta do some salumi Stays around 48 in there. Got tired of bying ice for cooler to keep beverages cold.
     
  14. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Put the half slabs in the smoker this morning, I just ordered some bacon hangers but this batch is going on racks.

    I am doing one with CBP and the other I dusted with Black Forest Spice.



    I have a temp on the smoke inlet and a temp in the smoke box.






    I am going to go 2 or 4 long cold smokes depending on color, and then a rest in the meat fridge.

    Should be tasty.

    More pics to come.
     
  15. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    :popcorn
     
  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great Start, John!!![​IMG]

    Be Back!!

    [​IMG]

    Bear
     
  17. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Here's the CBP after 12hrs of smoke.

     
  18. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's looking great!

    I'm jealous, still too hot here to even think about bacon, cheese, or salmon right now.

    I'll have bacon vicariously through your posts for now.
     
  19. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I finally got this batch of Bacon sliced up.

    I did 3 separate 12 hr cold smokes.

    Sliced it thick and vac packed.

    Turned out fantastic.



     
  20. Ugh! I'm envious! Just as I went to my local Costco to buy pork bellies, they stopped selling them! Now i need to find a good inexpensive supplier. Two local butchers want between 4 and 6 dollars a pound. Costco was $2.75.
    -Disappointed in SW Florida.
    ps. Your bacon sounds like it is going to be stellar😋
     

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