Well it has begun...Santa was kind enough to leave a cold smoker and various dust under the tree, and Wade was even kinder and sent me some cure, (I had originally ordered from Amazon, and you have to be careful what they send you), instructions, and a few treats, THANKS WADE!
Just a small 1kg cut to begin - here it is getting cure and pepper. Though I am really excited to use Szechuan pepper it will have to wait until I get at least one simple, delicious result. This is important for obtaining "continued cooperation from other interested parties" (wife's ok to buy even more meat)
It is pretty thin at one end, but since it is belly bacon anyway I figure it will still produce.
I have been flipping every day, an it is now day 8. There are some juices, but not a lot, and that makes me worried. Are there any other indicators I can look for to ensure it is working as it should. I was expecting more liquid in the bag.
Anyway, that is where we are so far...Once we get a bit further along I will post an update.