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post #1 of 12
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So this is my third batch of bacon in a little over a year (I think) at 20 lbs each batch. Is that a bad thing? I have not bought bacon from the store since I started making it myself and my wife lets me know as soon as it starts running low.

 

I follow Bears dry rub method (thanks Bear!) and it comes out great every time. So here are the pictures of the start, there will be more to come it about two weeks.

 

Two bellies (from Costco)

Belly number 1 - 10.20 Lbs

 

Belly Number 2 - 9.43 Lbs

 

Each Belly cut into three pieces, Weighed and then the proper amount of Tender Quick and Brown Sugar measured and plated with each piece.

 

Each piece is rubbed first with the TQ and then with the BS on a sheet of freezer paper. Then put into a zip lock bag with anything that fell off (got to keep the ratios correct) and then into the fridge.

 

Sorry I did not take a picture of this all bagged up as they went into the fridge as i did each piece.

 

So now we wait......

 

 

Thanks for looking 

 

Link

post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 

OK, I finally got around to finishing up this batch of bacon. Came out fantastic (i think the best batch yet and the wife agrees). It cured for two full weeks and then got into a smoker.

 

Fry test and it was well received by the wife so we were good to go. 

 

This is after four 5 hours of smoke (hickory).

 

It then sat for a day and got another 8 hours of smoke (hickory).

 

 

Here is is all sliced up ready for packaging.

 

Close up of one of the piles.

 

First one packaged and ready for the freezer. My son left for college so i did all in 1/2 lb packs. I got a total of 33 1/2 lb packs out of this batch.

 

Thanks for looking.

Link

post #3 of 12

Nice job Link!

 

That's some real good looking bacon!

 

Al

post #4 of 12

Excellent Job, Link!!Thumbs Up----:points:

 

Beautiful Bacon!!:drool

 

Great Pics too!!Thumbs Up

 

MMMMMMmmmmm............:drool

 

 

Bear

post #5 of 12

Looks like you have it down!

 

Once you start making your own, it's really hard to go back to the stuff from the store.

post #6 of 12

Great bacon and Great Beer choice Sir.

post #7 of 12
Nice looking bacon, link!
Glad to see I'm not the only one who relies on the Mrs' approval on my projects!
post #8 of 12
That is some great looking bacon. I'm waiting for my first batch (4#) to cure. Then smoke.


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post #9 of 12

Picked up 2 bellies from Costco this morning....$2.39 a pound.....making them into pancetta.......used to pay $2.79 at Costco....lowering the price is good.

post #10 of 12
Wow. I'm envious of that price!


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post #11 of 12
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Picked up 2 bellies from Costco this morning....$2.39 a pound.....making them into pancetta.......used to pay $2.79 at Costco....lowering the price is good.

Post some steps and pics of the Pancetta process. I would like to see that.

post #12 of 12

Beautiful bacon, Link!

 

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