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A Big Ol' Pile O' Bacon

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by Braz, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. Braz

    Braz Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    A few weeks ago I picked up two skinless bellies from my local custom butcher house, total about 20 pounds at $2.29 a pound. A bargain, I thought.
    I cut the bellies into smaller pieces of about 4 pounds each then mixed up a cure following Bearcarver's "Extra Smokey" thread and moved to the spare refer for 14 days or so.
    After the cure I soaked the pieces for about an hour to get rid of any excess salt. I didn't do a test fry, just taking it on faith that it wouldn't be too salty (turns out, that was right). Then it went into the MES for a 12 hour cold smoke with apple pellets in the AMAZEN tray. Ambient temp was in the mid 80F range and I needed to put a couple freezer bricks in the smoker to keep the temp under 100F. That's what you see in the white plastic bag on the bottom shelf.
    After the 12 hour smoke we cut a few slices to test for "smokeyness." We decided it was good and we didn't need to do a second smoke, so the slabs went back into the refer uncovered to rest a few days.
    Slicing day: We spent most of the afternoon and evening slicing, with breaks while the slabs went in and out of the freezer. We put our Chef's Choice slicer through a workout. Here's one of the two bins of sliced bacon.
    And we had to cook up some. We like to have some pre-cooked in the freezer for use in other recipes and such. We typically oven bake it and we both like it extra-crispy. The rest we will vac-seal and freeze. That is today's task.
    And, a BLT with 'maters fresh from the garden, the first of many, many more.
    And a bacontini. Because, why not?
    If you haven't made your own bacon yet, you need to. So much better than the store bought pre-packaged stuff. And a lot less expensive.
  2. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice . Love the tub full of bacon picture .
  3. Jeff Wright

    Jeff Wright Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That looks like quite the production. Very nice looking results. I haven't tried the bacon thing yet, and currently not a second fridge to dedicate the space, but very much looking forward to it. Looks like you are in the bacon for some time to come. Love the greasytini!
  4. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking bacon braz. I get what you mean about it being cheaper. Bacon's going for 4.99lb. around here and that's for the lesser named brands.

    Point for sure.

  5. SmokinVOLfan

    SmokinVOLfan Smoking Fanatic

    Man that bacon looks good! I've got my first belly curing in the fridge right now. Should be ready to take in a few days so will see how it turns out!
  6. Oh man that looks awesome, I'm going to have to try the bacontini thing.
  7. SmokinAl

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

    That is some mighty fine looking bacon there my friend!
    Very nicely done & congrats on making the carousel!!
  8. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome that tub full is being UPS to me right? Dang I hope it is tomatoes are lonely for bacon. :D

  9. motocrash

    motocrash Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good looking bacon,meaty.
    Now it's on!...Hmm,I can put bacon in that!;)
  10. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    So Braz..where was all our invites to help sample!?
  11. Medina Joe

    Medina Joe Smoke Blower

    Great Job. Great color. One thing I noticed making your own bacon. It's not as fatty as store bought... pulling out a 11 pound belly when I get home.....
  12. dougmays

    dougmays Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks amazing! It's been on my bucket list for years, i need to pull the trigger
  13. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Job Braz!!
    Good Looking Bacon!!!:)
    But then I never did see any "ugly Bacon".

    KrisUpInSmoke likes this.
  14. rexster314

    rexster314 Smoking Fanatic

    I should have posted the 180 pounds of bacon we just got through slicing, vacuum sealing
  15. Chuck Wrost

    Chuck Wrost Newbie

    That looks pretty awesome. Great job. I just finished slicing a 4lb slab last night that I smoked over the weekend. I smoked my slab with pecan. Similar notes to hickory but with a sweet nutty after note. 20180807_183551.jpg
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  16. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man where did you find a pig that big?? :rolleyes: :D


  17. Bacon!

    Do I need to say anything else?

    All your work certainly paid off! Looks wonderful!

    And the bacontini? Nice! Now you're just hanging out trying to find things to do with bacon! Lol... what a way to be!
  18. Holy cow what a pile of bacon! Looks good and well done. I need to try this, but unfortunately I’m gonna have to make some space in the fridge first!
  19. rexster314

    rexster314 Smoking Fanatic

    4 cases of skinless bellies from Costco
  20. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looks great! I sliced and packaged a half belly today. Love homemade bacon.