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A little over 8 or 9 days ago, I picked up several pork loins that were on sale. I decided to make some canadian bacon out of it.

For the brine, I used kosher salt, cure#1 and a combination of Splenda & Splenda/Brown sugar blend. I'm using splenda in place of ALL sugar as I'm hoping to lower the glycemic index load a bit. 


After seven days of soaking in the brine—and daily loin rotation— I pulled the pork from the fridge. Several cold-water soaks & rinses, I netted up the loins, gave them a good brushing with beaten egg yolk, and hung them overnight in the fridge to dry.


Almost ready for the smoker:



Sharing the Ride: While waiting for the loins to drip-dry, I went ahead & made a six-pound batch of kielbasa that'll be smoked at the same time as the loins. After an hour of no smoke (at 120°), I then began applying hickory smoke.


One hour in:



I began applying heavy smoke for the next 90 minutes. By about the 4th hour, I pulled the kielbasa (they'd be finished in a water bath).


3-hours in. Getting good hickory 'red' color...



I continued to raise the heat gradually over the next 4 hours, topping out at around 180° while still applying light smoke.

When the IT reached 154° (after nearly 12 hours), I pulled the loins & plunged them into an ice-bath & rinse until they cooled.

Next I let them hang for a bit before wrapping them up...



I've a new toy coming in a few days that I'd like to use to slice up the bacon. So until it arrives, my plan is to wrap up the loins in plastic wrap & refrigerate until it shows up on my doorstep.



Meanwhile, though, I decided it was only fair for the chef to sample the goods before I put them away for a few days.

The bacon is very nicely balanced between sweet & salty, with a very not-so-subtle hickory taste. This will 'mellow' a bit as it sits.

My son gave it a big thumbs up! 



Slicing & food-saver bagging still to come....



post #2 of 3

The Canadian Bacon looks great !!!!!

I did some over the weekend . Been eating it for lunch all week.

won't be long before I will have to make more .

the kielbasa looks good. I will have to smoke some soon.


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Looks great!  PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif


Man I gotta get a deli slicer!

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