First time - Canadian Bacon

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by tcounts, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. OK, so I've been lurking around for a lONG time on the forums. Finally I decided to try out Canadian Bacon.

    I picked up a 9lb Pork Loin last week (was on SALE), and cut a 3 lb hunk off, figuring I could have up to 3 experiments as I learned what to do, without spending lots of $$.

    So simple start - equal amount TQ and sugar. And stuff it in the fridge for 6 days.

    Here it is after the cure.

    My Little Chief smoker only gets up to about 160, so I pulled the bacon out after it hit about 135 to finish it in the oven.

    Here it is after it hit 160.

    I seasoned the loin with black pepper and some crab boil before smoking it with hickory and mesquite (it's what I had on hand).

    It tastes awesome! Much better than I expected for my first attempt. Now I get to experiment with the other 6 lbs in the freezer!

    Thanks for all the help you never even realized you gave me as I read the forums!
  2. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice job.I love it myself and the satisfaction it gives...[​IMG]
  3. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nicely done, congrats !!!
  4. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good looking CB. You'll never go back to store bought![​IMG]
  5. nate_46

    nate_46 Meat Mopper

    Very good looking CB. [​IMG]
  6. Nice looking CB!! I gotta try one of these!! And Lil' Cheifs ROCK. That's what I have been doing Salmon on for about 30 years!!
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Congrats on the first time... Looks Great...[​IMG]
  8. Way to T's .I have got a 2.5 lb in the fridge and it will be ready to smoke on Sat. I have a top loading little chief and have done a ton of smoking in it.But it seems I always end up finishing it in something else. Now I have a UDS and have upped the menu.But there aren't many rules to something that looks as good as your CB ..nice
  9. cruizer

    cruizer Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Good job! I am going to start a cure this weekend on my first CB.[​IMG]
  10. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow, that is a great job whether your first or tenth.[​IMG][​IMG]You deserve some points.
  11. scpatterson

    scpatterson Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great Job on yur first CB...Gotta be happy with that
  12. Thanks!
    I think I'll crank up the smoker for the rest of the loin, and give out Christmas Bacon!
  13. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  14. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice bacon to you and it looks awesome.
  15. I'll PM you my address!!![​IMG]
  16. rhage2

    rhage2 Fire Starter

    That is some nice looking Canadian Bacon you got there. I have yet to smoke one and after looking at how well yours came out, I can see it is in my near future...[​IMG]

    Great Job..


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