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Smoked some bacon today

post #1 of 10
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My girlfriend surprised me with a tender-belly bacon kit for valentines day.  The kit came with a 4lb pork belly along with the cure/rub mixture.  If you guys haven't tried making your own home-made bacon yet I highly encourage you to do so.  I don't care that it takes a week to sit in the dry rub, I'm never buying store-bought crap ever again!

 

Here's the pork belly, thawed and dried and ready for the cure:

 

Cure is on:

 

One week later I've taken it out of the fridge after flipping it multiple times throughout the week to distribute the cure evenly.  I smoked the bacon at about 225 for roughly 3.5 hours until internal temps reached 150.

 

SOOO GOOD.

 

 

 

post #2 of 10

Looks excellent!

 

Your hooked now!!

 

Al

post #3 of 10
Looks tasty!drool.gif
post #4 of 10
Looks great!!! Bacon making or curing in general is addictive.
post #5 of 10
Looks great.
post #6 of 10

Nothing better!

post #7 of 10

Where did your girlfriend get the kit?

post #8 of 10

That looks good. What did the cure/rub mixture contain? Did you have to weigh out the mix or did you just have to add the whole sachet/packet to the belly?

post #9 of 10

Did you do a saltr test after it cured? I recently made bacon and I am very glad I tested it for salt before smoking it. Way too salty until I soaked it for over an hour.

Then...perfect.

Yours looks great - much more meat than most bellies I have seen around here.

What's next? Pastromi?

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

My girlfriend got me this "Man Crate" for valentines day.  It included the porkbelly, all the seasonings, and a pound of their own bacon.  Pretty awesome:  http://www.mancrates.com/projects/bacon-curing-kit

 

As for a salt test?  I don't have any test other than my own tastebuds, but it does taste less salty to me than regular store bought bacon.

 

I may try to do pastrami next, especially since I have my own commercial grade meat slicer! :)

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