Went to Costco and picked up two pork bellies for a new batch of bacon:
15 total pounds of bacon. I poured in a little bourbon barrel aged maple syrup for some added flavor. Today is Day 1 of 18 for curing/aging. Gonna be a long month.
Thanks Everyone for all your comments. I did indeed throw a chuck into the crockpot today. Here is what I started with:
Left it in for 6.5 hours and I was really really pleased with the results (compared to previous attempts)
I cleaned it up after resting, removing all the icky stuff and...
Thanks All. Went to the local Smart/Final and the in house butcher pointed out a lean looking center cut chuck and said it was ideal for pulling/shredding. I am going to test it out tomorrow and see if a better cut of chuck will yield results for me! I am taking the easy way out on this...
Thanks. I have been doing more searching and almost universally everyone recommends chucks. Maybe I need to find another store other than Ralphs/Kroeger for chucks. There is a Smart/Final close by I think I will mosey to tomorrow.
I have used my 12" Craftsman miter/chop saw quite a bit to cut splits into chunks for the WSM with no problem. Now, the LAST cut is always a bit nerve wracking unless you have a clamp or something holding it in place. Fingers close to the blade is a no no!!
Happy New Year All!!
I am not a big fan of chuck roasts and I am wanting to try shredded beef again. The chucks I have tried tend to have a fair amount of gristle and stringy stuff through out, and I have not been pleased with the shred. If you had to pick one or two other meats to try for...
Welcome and you have come to the right place. Many experienced builders here that can advise and provide suggestions. Check out the Smoker Builds section for ideas and tips, and don't forget to post pics so we can all follow your build!
So I smoked my pork belly after 17 days of aging and 24 hours of resting.
Getting things ready
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Trying the snake charcoal basket I made
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There the pictures are, Thanks. On the fire box, what do the air inlets look like? Looks like it should draft well. Have you tried tuning plates all along the pit, not just the one near the firebox? What is the temp near the box, and on the opposite side?