Scooter's First Pancetta Summer 2015

Discussion in 'Pork' started by scooterjam, Aug 25, 2015.

  1. scooterjam

    scooterjam Fire Starter

    About 2.5 pound piece of Pork Belly

    Removed the skin

    Seasoned both sides and sealed in a zip lock bag for about 10 days

    Keeping weight on it in the fridge, flipped once a day

    Out of the bag and ready to drain and wash.

    Liquid reserved

    Re-seasoned (without cure this time....) only a mix of star anise, peppercorns, coriander & fennel

    Ready to roll up tightly.

    All in its little cocoon for the next 5 weeks

    Architecturally sound hanging device...haha, actually I ended up hanging it on its side, small bowl of Kosher salt under it in the fridge, not sure if this did anything to it at all.

    5 Weeks later, this is the end result.   All in all this was a simple project, the waiting was the hardest part.

    Flavor is awesome, only sliced a few pieces to take to work for some friends, family all coming this weekend to taste it.

    My recipe was posted in another part of this same forum.   Great times and great fun!!

    Next project is a second attempt at bacon.  Curing in the fridge as we speak.   Should be ready for smoking this weekend.
  2. smokin phil

    smokin phil Smoking Fanatic

    Oh, I envy you that can get pork bellies.... At this point, I'd pay $10/lb!!!!
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  3. scooterjam

    scooterjam Fire Starter

    Phil I see you are from Illinois.  Just do a search on line, I found a place here in Las Vegas  'The Butcher Block'.  Pretty reasonable  3.99 a pound....Pork back fat (for sausage making) 2.99 a pound.    They do have much more expensive cuts as well.   Just do a search, you might be surprised   :)    Good luck.

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