Also had a pork belly I had been curing since the 9th. So figured today was a good day to get some smoke on it. I think I got some pretty good color on it.
Thanks for looking.
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Looks great, remember that the bacon really benefits from a day or two's rest in the reefer to mellow after smoking.
I have breakfast links on tap for tomorrow. Small batch 4 pounds, anytime I see pork under a dollar a pound I gotta make something.
Don't know how experienced you are but yes, sheep can be the pits. I so Highly recommend you rinse them out and allow a day or two in water to loosen before attempting to stuff. LOL.... ya know I just put the mojo on me for tomorrow. Will no doubt now be the worst sheep casing I ever try and load and/or stuff..... but it is all about having fun! Its how we learn and have fun. AND we can drink at home while playing and not need to drive home...LOL
Looks great to me, I hope mine stuff as well.
Oh, and thank you for your service.
The sausage & bacon both look excellent!
I used to have trouble with sheep casings too, until I read this thread.
Follow the instructions & they are very pliable & strong.
Easy to get on the horn & no blowouts.
@foam-thanks. My biggest issue was that I couldn't get them untangled. Felt like a big knot.
I loved mind puzzles as a kid, heck even as an adult, but sometimes after a long bout I have been known to "trim" back the casings....LOL
I usually find when its a bad birds nest that there is more casings in the knot than I think. They hide so well together and you don't notice 'em, then at some point they'll seperate and cause all the problems.
<knock on wood> I seperated out some yesterday AM and I was happily relieved without a single problem. That being said, I am about to go and stuff 'em and now I'll no doubt have blow outs...LOL
Now when ya get really frustrated think about your Pop or your grandpa gutting the pig and having to clean those casing out out. LOL..... I become much less frustrated when I have a smile on my face.
I just picked up a new slicer
Good looking bacon!
Where that blister like a badge of honor! Its like the calluses you develop on your finger tips when playing guitar!
To avoid blisters put on some medical tape when you feel it getting just a little sore. Not a bandage, just tape.
If the knife has a little ridge from the mold seam try sanding or trimming it just a little. Finger nail files/emery boards work pretty well.
You did a very good slicing. I'm not as good at getting them so even.