25 LBS. of Belly Bacon W/Qview

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by txbigred, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. txbigred

    txbigred Meat Mopper

    All this talk about bacon I figured I needed to make some. I bought 2 skinless bellies from Super H Mart, it's a Korean grocery store, they've got stuff in there I never even heard of,...including Durian fruit ( that stinky fruit).

    On the counter in the cyrovac:

    In the meat lug with the Morton's sugar cure & brown sugar:

    After 10 days, washed and soaked for 1 hour and into the smoke house:

    After drying for 1-2 hours at 110F, I started the smoke using Hickory sawdust. My smoker is in my garage, and I have it vented out the side:

    After about 14 hours at 135F, they were at 128F internally:

    After a overnight rest in the fridge, I took them out to slice:

    Cut in half to fit on my slicer:

    Started to slice some, and did a fry test, Man-O Man is it good!!:

    What I got from 1/2 a belly:

    Hope you enjoyed my Qview as much as I'm going to enjoy this bacon[​IMG]

  2. mybad

    mybad Newbie

    I can smell and taste it from here...looks outstanding!
  3. smokeguy

    smokeguy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You've got me drooling all over the keyboard. Great looking bacon!
  4. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    That looks fantastic! [​IMG]
  5. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Man that looks great.

  6. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    man I wish i could get pork belly here. I need to check on another butcher from another town. My local butcher here has terrible customer service and won't sell me a belly without slicing it..lol...he just tells me "that's how we do it". I still can't figure out how he stays in bussiness. oh well.. Nice bacon it looks great.
  7. warthog

    warthog Smoking Fanatic

    Ahh Bacon natures perfect food!
  8. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    wish i lived over there[​IMG]
  9. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    that looks great!!!!!!!!!
  10. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    That looks awesome nice job [​IMG]
  11. smoke_chef

    smoke_chef Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    First of all... Awesome!!

    Second.. what kind of smoker is that? It's looks like a monster! A really cool... awesome monster but a monster none the less. I love how you have it indoors but vented. Have I said "awesome" yet?

    Third... I'm sure this is a dumb question.. but your call it Belly Bacon... Is there another kind? I guess it could be Canadian bacon? I don't know??

    Any way... Awesome!!
  12. txbigred

    txbigred Meat Mopper

    I called it belly bacon because a lot of people on here make buckboard bacon out of a pork butt.

    Thanks for all of the kind words from everyone!!

  13. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    great idea....i've been scrounging around the used rest. supply for simmilar set up.
  14. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    good looken stuff i gots to do some belly bacon.
    i do lots of buckboard cause of my low fat diet[​IMG]
  15. bman62526

    bman62526 Smoking Fanatic

    Damn! Fine looking bacon there, the real deal...

    A couple questions for you, if you don't mind. What's the unit price on those pork bellies, and considering you started w/ a gross weight of 25# - what was the final yield in lbs. of bacon strips?


    That looks great...my dad and his oldest brother are both WAY into good bacon, but I know damn well neither of them have ever made it...
    I would love to learn how to do that myself someday, and then share with them of course! [​IMG]
  16. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man thats some great looking bacon there Dave and that set up is for mass producing and bunch of good eats ther too.
  17. txbigred

    txbigred Meat Mopper

    Well, the price was pretty high, I called and they told me $1.89 lb, when I got there (30 mile drive) they were $2.59, but they were good bellies. I didn't weigh what they were when done, should have been pretty close to green weight, as it was pretty low temps, and I didn't loose any fat. I'm sure it lost some water though.


    Got the neighbors over having BLT's right now
  18. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    That is an awesome looking smoker.
  19. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Your right that is an awesome smoker

    As for the bacon that would be made from a pork belly where Canadian Bacon is usually made from a Pork Loin and Buckboard Bacon is usally made from a Pork Butt at least thats what I understand I think [​IMG]

    Then again some of us use a buckboard bacon cure on our pork bellies but its still made from a Pork Belly
  20. blackened

    blackened Meat Mopper

    Looks awesome!

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