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Pork belly skin on?

post #1 of 8
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Got some pork belly 23lb from a friend who I helped with some work. What I have is 2 frozen sealed packs. The box said pork belly skin on. Do I just thaw it out (keep little froze so I can cut it) and cut the skin off? Than cut into chunks to make bacon and unseasoned side pork out of it.

Thanks Randy
post #2 of 8

I have great knife skills so I skin bellies. No need to adjust the cure amount and better flavor on the bacon. When I had a dog, I would smoke the skin until very rendered. You have to refer them but the dog loved them. You can also add the smoked skin to flavor other dishes...JJ 

post #3 of 8

JJ's right, there are some videos on utube on how to skin a belly. All it takes is patience & a really sharp skinning knife.

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Originally Posted by SmokinAl View Post
 

JJ's right, there are some videos on utube on how to skin a belly. All it takes is patience & a really sharp skinning knife.

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Take your time with it and you'll do fine.  The skin can also be turned into "cracklins"!  Love that stuff for sure!  Just beware of the POPPING oil it creates!

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Originally Posted by SmokinAl View Post
 

JJ's right, there are some videos on utube on how to skin a belly. All it takes is patience & a really sharp skinning knife.

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I've never smoked a pork belly with the skin on, but from what I've seen, it looks easier to remove right after smoking.

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I've never smoked a pork belly with the skin on, but from what I've seen, it looks easier to remove right after smoking.

It is easier to remove after smoking but there is less smoke on the Bacon and you have to reduce the amount of Cure 10% as the skin absorbs none...Kind of one of those, Fifty Cent, one...Half Dozen, the other...:biggrin:...JJ

post #7 of 8
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It's cut off now and the meat is curing and I will smoke them next weekend.
post #8 of 8

It's really not that hard to get the skin off before smoking. It takes you to another skill level.

Check out this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsdqRjI5OAE

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