I love making Pancetta! This is the 5th one of these I have made (I use the recipe from Charcuterie by Michael Ruhlman). And it turns out AWESOME!! I purchased the whole hog from a local farmer. The bellies look good, nice and thick and not overly fatty.
I am using the belly closest to camera for the pancetta. The other 2 halfs are going to be used for smoked bacon.
Toughest part is finding the Juniper Berries.
Rubbed and ready!! I will see you daily (Mrs. belly) for the next week or so, to turn and rub ya!!
I will update you with more pics when I rinse, roll and tie it!!