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Another first bacon try

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi guys, i was finally able to get my hands on some pork belly. It's about 5 lbs & I'm going to cut it in three to try a few different flavors. I'm gonna use pops brine with Craig's method " bacon the easy way " I don't have a 5 gallon bucket or the room, what I do have is a large bus tray with lid & im hoping the will work for the brine? I've never tried belly bacon yet so I'm gonna leave the skin on two pieces to see which way I like it? Im gonna do one with CBP, one with Maple Syrup & one with garlic/onion. Hoping for any advise in case I'm doing something wrong?





post #2 of 5

Instead of using a bucket for the brine, just use a 2 1/2 gallon zip lock bag. I zip them up getting all the air out, then twist the top & tie it so there is no chance of leaking

 

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Also here is a great video on how to skin a belly.

 

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

 

Hope this helps!

 

Al

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the heads up Al, I alway forget about those ziplock bags being so big. After cutting the belly in three it fit perfectly in a large stock pot l, similar to yours in the pick, with a gallon of water & the cure. So I just used that.
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Wow now I'm wondering, is there any reaction when curing in a adonized stock pot?
post #5 of 5

Did you put it in a zip lock bag first?

 

If not I think it needs to be in a non-reactive container.

 

Walmart has those 2 1/2 gallon bags.

 

Al

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