OK, I am pretty excited for this one. I finally got a hold of some fresh pork belly and am doing some real american bacon! I ended up with about 22 pounds total from a 3 belly case. These are trimmed up without the skin so it is all good! Actually I thought they were a little thin, but hey for $2 per pound no skin, I am not complaining at all. I eyeballed the bellies and cut each in half. I ended up with one 4 pounder, two 3 3/4 pounders and three 3 1/2 pounders. My 3 year old, Jackson, helped me get them rubbed with TQ, brown sugar, onion powder and garlic powder. I ran out of TQ on the fifth one so I will have to pick some up tomorrow. I still have one of the 3 3/4 pounders in the fridge waiting for that. Jackson really enjoyed helping. Especially vacuum sealing and loading them in the fridge. I plan on letting the cure for 9 days, flipping and massaging daily, so I will try and keep you updated on their progress. Here are a couple pics so far.
The bellies as I saw them when I opened the case!
After cutting in half, adding cure and seasoning the vacuum sealing, I had Jackson load them into the "Fridge of Wonders"!!
And yes, the "Fridge of Wonders" is in my living room! You can't see if from the picture, but my oversized lazyboy is just to the left!!
Thanks for looking! I will keep adding updates as I go!
Edited by bigfish98 - 4/16/12 at 5:05am