Willie in Virginia.

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by williemcd, May 18, 2016.

  1. Fairly new.. been smoking basic baby backs and butts for a few years using a std. Weber dome.  Apple, hickory, oak as my seasoning.  Last week I jumped the shark and bought about 80 lbs of butchered hog.  The processor took the belly and didn't cure it but did slice it thick!  I've since ordered Prague #1 to start the curing process once it arrives but all of the articles on smoking bacon start with a whole belly.  Anyone have suggestions on what to do with about 15 lbs. of raw, uncured sliced pork belly?
  2. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    Hey Willie, welcome to you.

    I can't answer your question, 'cause I'm pretty new to this too.

    If someone doesn't find this soon, just jump right out into 

    the forums and ask out there.

    You'll get answers out there.


  3. smokinal

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

    Hi Willie,

    I'm going to move this to the bacon section & I think you will get more responses.

    I'll leave your other thread in Roll Call for introductions.

  4. donr

    donr Smoking Fanatic

    It should cure the same a unsliced bacon if you follow the thickness rules for your particular method of curing (wet brine or dry brine).

    When it comes to smoking, it's going to take up a lot more space & need a lot less time smoking due to the huge increase in surface area.

    How thick are you talking?

    You may be able to drape it over the racks so it kind of looks like hanging snack sticks/jerky.

    You could probably cold smoke it for about 30-60 minutes then vacuum pack it like sliced bacon.  But the length of smoke time is just a guess on my part.
  5. The bacon is sliced about 2 X thicker than store bought.  I plan on draping each slice of rib racks for 2-3 hours.  I guess I'm using a dry brine method!  

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