Slicing bacon - one direction better?

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by bregent, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. bregent

    bregent Smoking Fanatic

    Picked up a nice belly from Costco last week that's curing now. $2.29/lb already skinned. One thing that I've never really thought about is if there is typically a better direction to slice from - one that will yield more consistent mix of fat and lean so you don't wind up with some slices all lean and others all fat? For example, in the image below I have lines indicating one possible direction of cut  - the other possible would be a right angle from that. Or, does it 'just depend' ? Thanks,

  2. rexster314

    rexster314 Meat Mopper

    Usually I try to find the longest running "grain" and slice across it. Sometimes I look at the longest side and slice across that. But if you look closely the grain runs every which way so you won't go wrong either way
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I slice bacon the opposite of what you have drawn there.... for me, the bacon is a lot more tender.... try it both ways and decide for yourself....
  4. sloweddy

    sloweddy Newbie

    I slice across the grain but I don't know if it makes a difference. Bregent's post I presume is fairly recent as I picked up abt 10lbs from COSTCO earlier this week and it was also $2.29. Living in the Atlanta I don't know if that price is good,bad or otherwise. I am looking fora farm to table source for fresh pork, any ideas?
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You will have to find a farm that will sell you pigs on the hoof....

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