Aging Bacon after smoke.

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by [email protected], Dec 31, 2015.

  1. What does everyone do to age their bacon after it's smoked? Regrettably, I do not have a curing "chamber" yet. Is it sufficient to put it back in the fridge or are the temp/humidity too extreme?

  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Input mine in the fridge uncovered. Last batch I went 7 days before packing. Best bacon I've made so far.
  3. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    You speak of aging after the smoke.  Are you referring to the equalization period? If so two days is normally sufficient depending on how the smoke was applied although, it can take two to three weeks if you like. Just don't let it dry out too much.

    Last edited: Dec 31, 2015
  4. My understanding is that the "equalization" period is post cure, pre smoke. I'm wondering what the difference is between horizontally placing the belly in a refrigerator for 2-5 days after smoking as opposed to hanging in a curing room/chamber.
  5. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Pre smoke equalization is allowing the cure to equalize, post is allowing the smoke to equalize.

    Makes no difference as to whether it is horizontal or vertical.

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  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I stack mine in the refer with crochet spacer in between the slabs to dry for the 7 days...   Click on the pic and you can barely see the white plastic spacers...  Don't know if it does any good or not....  Just something I do.....  

    Last edited: Dec 31, 2015
  7. Thanks everyone

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