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I just did my 1st bacon using Pops wet cure. Sorry no pic yet.   I followed the directions and smoke it to 150 degrees, placed in fridge 24 hours and sliced it up today. We fried some to test. Flavor was great but it was so tough. Any ideas?

 

Mike

post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by omaleman View Post
 

I just did my 1st bacon using Pops wet cure. Sorry no pic yet.   I followed the directions and smoke it to 150 degrees, placed in fridge 24 hours and sliced it up today. We fried some to test. Flavor was great but it was so tough. Any ideas?

 

Mike

 

You smoked it to 150* IT ??

 

That's not normally done to Belly Bacon. That could be your problem. You cooked it twice.

 

Most People either cold smoke their bacon (under 100*) or smoke it with a little bit of heat (110* to 130*) until it gets nice color (usually between 110* and 120* IT).

 

 

Bear

post #3 of 11
Mike.... a guess here..... You sliced it with the grain ..... slice it across grain.....
post #4 of 11

My thought would be on how it was sliced...

post #5 of 11

I have sliced Bacon in every way possible, and never noticed a difference. I slice it in a direction that most evenly distributes the lean & the fat. A search will show most in agreement.

 

 

Bear

post #6 of 11

Just a guess, but is the Rind (skin) still on? I just had some good Country Style Mangalitsa Bacon that my Bro Shannon0127 sent me that was Rind on. Over all was a typical tenderness but the Rind required some Jawin'...JJ

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone, I will try again.  I will need to find a way to cold smoke on the treager.

 

Mike

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

@ JJ It was skin off and the meat part was tough.

 

Mike

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by omaleman View Post
 

Thanks everyone, I will try again.  I will need to find a way to cold smoke on the treager.

 

Mike

 

Check into one of these---5 X 8 or Tube Smoker:

 

http://www.amazenproducts.com

 

 

Bear

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks Bear, Just placed an order..

 

Mike

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by omaleman View Post
 

Thanks Bear, Just placed an order..

 

Mike

 

That's Great---You won't be sorry.

 

 

Bear

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