Im test frying a slice of the butt I just took out of the brine. Is this how its suppose to look like? Its about 2 1/2 lbs, I injected and brined for 4 1/2 days.
That pink color is what your looking for. If it wasn't cured it would just turn brown like a normal piece of meat. What internal temp you smoking to? I do mine to 160 so that it can be eaten at any time cold or hot.
Havent quite decided yet. I read in another thread I started that smoking to a lower internal temperature, about 130-140, you will get a better product if you decide to slice and fry for breakfast. So I think I may end up doing that. I've got another two in the fridge curing but one is dry cure and the other is brining but I didnt inject so I may wait a few extra days for those two.
I'm going to use hickory wood. I'm thinking about starting out smoking at around 125F then slowly raising it 175-200, what do you guys think? Is there a better way?
Then your good to go on the cure!
Try to keep you temps under 160* or it's gonna be dry, like Meat said.
I like my BBB cold smoked or smoked to an internal of 120*. CB & Ham are very nice for slicing for sammies, and it only makes sense to smoke up to 160*, but BBB has some connective tissue and fat running thru it, that does not break down at 160*. When you bite into it, it's not like eating CB or Ham, kind of a texture thing. Also, if you run the internal temps up too much, you will render out some of the fat from the meat. This is why I "Cold Smoke" BBB.
Since you have enough slabs, try Cold Smoking, Smoking Up To 120* Internal and even Smoking Up To 160* if you want. It's all about personal preference, and this would make for a GREAT post of your results!!
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Sorry I didn't see the fry test pics. Yes that is what it should look like.
What Todd said on temps---Start out low & work your way up to 160˚ at the most.
Remove anywhere from 100˚ to 140˚, but actually don't go by internal temps----Go by "nice dark reddish brown color".
So far I have not done it yet, but I want to try one taken to 160˚/165˚ internal, so I can eat it cold or just warm it up a little before eating.
would this be for BBB only or can it be used on belly and CB
what about pounds or just make sure its cover
Try to avoid those spikes over 180˚.
The color will get there. It takes longer than 2 hours.
The first hour should be with no smoke, unless you already had pellicle on the surface, and pretty dry.
Then after about 3, 4, or 5 hours the color will start, getting more color after that.
I think I always have mine in for between 7 hours & 11 hours.
If you get the smoker over 180˚ or more for too long, you'll render too much fat out.
It would still be tasty, but might get too chewy.
Slow your roll my friend!!!
2 hours of smoke is not enough. Smoke it at lower temps for about 4 hours and then raise the temps. You need about 6 hours of smoke on the bacon. Also, the size of your smoker is a little big, so you may need more time smoking.
If you are getting ash flying thru, close down the draft a little.
My bacon gets color at about 5 hours. This is how I can tell it's getting close.
Bluish in color is good, white is bad! You don't need a "Cloud", only a "Fog" of smoke in your smoker
How about pics of the smoke?