Picked up 60 lbs. of the prettiest bellies I have ever seen about 3 weeks ago from a Chinese market for $3.00 @lb….they initially wanted $3.99, but I negotiated and got them at a price I thought was fair for the quality.
Turned 25lbs. into brown sugar bacon,
25lbs. into Maple bacon
and about 10 lbs. into pancetta (next to the pancetta is a Capricola drying)
Pancetta will be ready in 8 weeks, the maple bacon in in the smoker today (MES 40 with mailbox mod and A-maze-N smoke generator)
and I’ll smoke the brown sugar bacon tomorrow (my smoker would not hold all of it) (wife not happy about the exhaust pipe in the garage door.....)
Could not do any of this if were not for all the great information I have receive here, including individual answers from Bearcarver and Pops…so thanks to all