Time to make the BACON!!!

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by moneymike, May 31, 2013.

  1. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    Who's ready for BACON?!!!
     
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Me . As soon as my Wife gives permission ...[​IMG]   [​IMG]
     
  3. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    Today is my first try at cold smoking bacon! I am super excited!!
     
  4. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    We will be here cheering you on too!  See that you haven't gone to Roll Call yet!  Would you mind popping over there and introduce yourself?  We can then give you a proper SMF Howdy!

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/f/133/roll-call

    Kat
     
  5. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    2 - 10lb Pork Bellies
     
  6. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    Seasoned and ready to cure.
     
  7. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    Sealed and put into refrigerator for seven days. Turning daily to distribute seasoning and cure.
     
  8. c farmer

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

    What recipe are you using?
     
  9. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    I'm using a combination of a basic cure for bacon and my own choice of seasonings.

    Kosher Salt
    Cure No. 1
    Brown Sugar
    Thyme
    Sage
    Garlic
    Black Pepper
     
  10. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    Pulled the pork bellies yesterday and gave them a rinse and a soak and then another rinse.

    Dried the pork bellies and let them rest inside the refrigerator until this morning.

    Here are the pork bellies hung and ready for smoke!!!
     
  11. c farmer

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

    Good deal, I have brined before.  Might try a dry cure.
     
  12. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    I was looking for a good brine recipe before I decided to go this route. Have any good ones?
     
  13. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    Bring on the smoke!!! Started the cold smoke this morning around 7:00am.
    Smoking with hickory sawdust and chips.
     
  14. c farmer

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

    I use pops brine. Its great.
     
  15. c farmer

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

  16. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the info!! I have heard a lot of good comments about that brine!! I'll be posting a picture in a few to show the bellies after 11 hours of smoke!!
     
  17. c farmer

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

    Great, looking forward to the pics.
     
    Last edited: May 31, 2013
  18. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    Had to reload my smoke box and couldn't help taking a sneak peek. 11 hours of cold smoke!!
     
  19. c farmer

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

    What do you have for a smoker?
     
  20. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    100lb Stainless Steel Smoker made by The Sausage Maker.
     

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