1st time smoking bacon w qview and recipes

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by coolew01, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. Please note I messed the original recipes below up. Make sure to follow the recommendations from the cure manufacturer and use the correct amount of cure. Generally 1/4 teaspoon of #1 cure to a lb of meat

    Recipe 1 Pepper Bacon
    8tsp salt
    1 1/2 tsp coarse pepper
    1tsp cure
    8tsp turbinado sugar
    2 1/2 lbs pork belly

    Recipe 2 Diablo in the raw
    8tsp salt
    2tsp coarse pepper
    1 tsp cure
    2 tsp red pepper flakes
    1 tsp cayenne
    5 tsp sugar in the raw aka as turbinado
    2 1/2 lbs pork shoulder

    Recipe 3 Chicago Bacon
    1/3 cup chicago steak seasoning
    1tsp cure
    2 tsp turbinado sugar

    Recipe 4 Maple Bacon
    1tbs maple syrup
    1 1/2 tbs turbinado sugar
    1tbs salt
    1tsp cure
    1/2tsp coarse pepper
    2 1/2 lbs pork belly

    Wish me luck
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2016
  2. Duplicate sorry
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2016
  3. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dry cure? Looking good
  4. Dry cured 7 days then I put on a cookie sheet in fridge for 32 hours I would have done 48 hours but it is supposed to be real cold tomorrow. It was 18 out when I started it will be -6 when it is done smoking
  5. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Post up more pics if you can

  6. Is there going to be anything wrong with the scorched ones or can i just trim it off? Apparently microwaving the pellets for 3 minutes when it is drier than a popcorn fart in Minnesota was a bad idea. Pellets combusted in the amazen at t 2 1/2 hour mark. The ones that got charred were the ones not shielded by covered water pan. Pics are 5 hours in.
  7. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would keep all the burned slices or chunks together. Use in beans or other dishes.

  8. Post 13 hours of smoke, cut the seared parts out. Two days to mellow.
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    If I read this right you used 1 tsp cure for 2 1/2 lbs of meat. That's twice the allowed amount. Not good.

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  10. Thanks for pointing that out Al. You are correct . 1/4 tsp per pound. Does anyone know how many ppm of sodium nitrate is in a tsp?
  11. I think I am doing the math right I used the calculator linked on one of the forums. See if this makes sense.
    1 lbs of belly would use 1/4 tsp of cure which would be 156ppm. 156 x 2.5(1/4+1/4+1/8 tsp) = 390ppm
    I used 156X4(four 1/4's) = 624 ppm or 250ppm per lb.

    I know for the future to use way less but shouldn't it be safe to eat?

    Thanks in advance
  12. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hopefully Chef Jimmy will chime in, if not I would PM him. I know it's too much cure, but not sure if it's enough to hurt you.

  13. I did some research it takes a concentration of around 3,200 milligrams of sodium nitrate in kilogram of meat to be a lethal dose for an average size person. All ten lbs I did had 975mg in total of it on it. It should be fine in moderation. I realy appreciate you pointing it out so i don't do it in the future.

  14. Above are pictures of the montreal cured bacon.

    I've tried two of the four recipes I made.

    The maple bacon one was ok.

    The Chicago one smelled amazing before I even cooked it. I think it would be great on a burger with cheddar cheese. I would definitely make it again.

    I would add on the Chicago one it didn't have much salt flavor if you like salty bacon.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2016
  15. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice comparison smoke.


  16. Pepper bacon recipe it is good, aside from getting the cure right would cut a little more salt out.
  17. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Excellent job for your first attempt....    Well, now you know where to make corrections.....   

    First, I would get a grams scale...   about $8 at Amazon...   0-100 grams range....  

    For the curing part of the bacon, try starting with a 2% salt addition...   10 grams per pound......

    For the sugar part....  try starting with 1.5% sugar...   7-8 grams per pound.... 

    For the cure part....   about 1.1 grams per pound is the middle of the road and good for most curing projects...

    Mix the salt, sugar and cure together....   If you mix up a big batch of those three items, using those weights and keep the ratio the same, then you have a mix for the ages....  All you have to do is measure out 10 + 7 + 1 = 18 grams grams of your mix and it's ready to go on 1 (one ) pound of meat...  add what ever spices you like and you are golden...    apply uniformly over the meat and rub it in a bit...   Zip bag in the refer at 38 deg. F for approx. 7 days per inch thickness and do what ever your recipe calls for...   The meat is cured, salted and the small amount of sugar masks the salt flavor...    7 days per inch is important...  salt penetrates quickly into meat...   sugar penetrates very slowly...  so to keep the meat from tasting salty, wait the longer time for the sugar to do it's job and you will be a hero...  promise....  

    If you have any questions, I'm here with all the other very knowledgeable members...

    Last edited: Jan 16, 2016
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  18. Ordered a gram scale as well as a oz scale, hope I don't make it on the DEA's list☺️
  19. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    ....[​IMG]....  They will come in handy....   Dave
  20. redsmoke

    redsmoke Fire Starter

    What temp did you smoke at? Smoking mine today -11 out but the masterbuilt smoker is keeping up good. I'm smoking at 110-129deg.

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