Rubbed the belly, it's Bacon time!

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by dirtsailor2003, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's been a while since I've done a dry rub cure on my bacon. You really need a good digital scale and when mine broke several years back I didn't replace it because I got lazy and started using Pop's brine. Which there's nothing wrong with Pop's brine.

    A while back I bought some bellies from Costco and it finally has cooled off a bit so I can cold smoke at night. Thawed out the bellies and today I rubbed them down!

    Used Martin's cure calculator

    http://diggingdogfarm.com/page2.html

    Added some spices to a few of the belly chunks.




    More on the 24th as that will be smoke day #1!
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2016
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I too am itching for some Bacon but I also want to play with Pancetta and Tiawanese Braised Belly on Steamed Buns ( Gua Bao )...JJ
     
  3. c farmer

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

    Sweet. I need to check bellie prices again with pork getting cheaper.
     
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    In Hawaii, Manapua, is the steamed bun delight filled with pork, goat, Kaluha pork, spam, oh so good!

    I do have a special plan for one of these hunks of pork belly. But it's top secret and will be in another thread! (here's that thread: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/241314/schweinebauch)
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2016
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Averaging around $2.29-$2.69 a pound here for bellies.
     
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That is a great Price! I've traveled extra miles for anything under $3.50...JJ
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's about the only good prices meat here! Pork butts, and chicken are more expensive!
     
  8. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Tried to get some Bellies when I was in Ga. last week,Sams did not have them.Briskets were $2.87 pound 

    Richie
     
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I can buy them by the case at our local restaurant supply for $2.69 or at Costco. I did the math last night, with spices, cure, pellets, vac pack bags etc, it works out to be just under $3.00 per pound. The good bacon here in the store goes from $6.99-$12.99 a pound. In my books that's a great savings!

    Today when I get home I will massage each bag, flip and wait. I put white pepper on one of the batches. Will be interesting to see how it tastes.
     
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm in....... looking good......
     
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Is it done yet? Is it done yet? Snore, waiting is a bore!
     
  12. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic

    I'm in [​IMG]
     
  13. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  14. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Getting close!!!! Getting excited! Wait gotta air dry for days now, oh geez!!!!!!
     
  15. Case,

    I use equal parts onion powder and garlic powder and when I use white pepper (quite often) I use one half ratio to the OPGP ratio. I mix the powders together and then sprinkle/apply as one, it seems to be the right level for most people, in seeing the many things (flavorfull) that you make I think you will realy like the addition of the white pepper. it really is not as bold as one would think once smoked IMO.

    Tom
     
  16. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yeah I'm sure that I will. I use it in my jerky rubs. Which I need to make some more jerky soon!
     
  17. Ya, I got my marching orders [​IMG]  from the power to be, have jerky ready for our boys before we run to Medford for turkey day. starting to run out of time.

    Tom
     
  18. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tom when you make your jerky, make a batch of the Thai jerky I posted. Its become mine and my kids favorite jerky we make. I've been adding garlic to the mix and cracked black pepper on top.

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/233270/thai-jerky
     
  19. I already printed out a  copy of it when you posted it a while back...LOL [​IMG]  it is on the to do list . we all love anything Thai, my boys were darn near raised on it.
     

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