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post #21 of 26
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I smoked it for 9-10 hours and brought it in and took a few slices off one of the slabs.  Fried them up in a cast iron pan that belonged to my great grandmother.  Still too salty!  Great flavor, just too salty even after soaking for two hours.  Maybe after I let it rest and let the smoke flavors mingle it will be better when I slice it up tonight.  

post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by DustinCantrell View Post

Bacon in the oven?!  Any time I've had bacon longer than the width of the frying pan I've just laid it in there and as it shrank the ends joined the rest in the middle.  



If you cut those pieces in half, when the ends in the middle get done much sooner than the outer ends, you just flip them & now the other ends can catch up by taking their turn in the middle of the pan.

When you flip a long slice, the middle is still in the middle & the outer end is still on the outside of the pan, accomplishing nothing.

 

 

Bear

post #23 of 26
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I put it in the freezer for several hours and sliced it tonight.  Fried up a couple pieces and it's great!!!  I was a little disappointed when I pulled them from the smoker because the slabs didn't have the dark color I was looking for.  Slicing into them, though, you can see the bacon slices have a nice red color.  Crappy phone pic again (came out upside down, too)...

 

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post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by DustinCantrell View Post

I put it in the freezer for several hours and sliced it tonight.  Fried up a couple pieces and it's great!!!  I was a little disappointed when I pulled them from the smoker because the slabs didn't have the dark color I was looking for.  Slicing into them, though, you can see the bacon slices have a nice red color.  Crappy phone pic again (came out upside down, too)...

 

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Crappy pic???

LOL---good enough to stimulate my salivary glands!!!

Nice looking slices!

 

Thanks,

Bear

post #25 of 26
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Thanks, Bear!  You can see on those slices where on one end they're more fat than meat.  The other portions of the belly were much meatier.  Overall I'm very satisfied with my first bacon smoke.  At first I thought it was too salty but it seemed to mellow out once it took a nap in the freezer before slicing.  I already gave some to a neighbor and a couple friends.  Hopefully I get good feedback from them!

post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by DustinCantrell View Post

Thanks, Bear!  You can see on those slices where on one end they're more fat than meat.  The other portions of the belly were much meatier.  Overall I'm very satisfied with my first bacon smoke.  At first I thought it was too salty but it seemed to mellow out once it took a nap in the freezer before slicing.  I already gave some to a neighbor and a couple friends.  Hopefully I get good feedback from them!


Better get another belly right away!

The first one goes a lot faster than the rest. You're so busy showing off how good it is, giving some out to your best friends & relatives---Next thing you know, it's all gone! 

You know you don't want to ever buy any of that stuff they sell in the stores!!! 

Except maybe to wrap a Fattie.

 

 

Bear

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