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Back (Canadian) Bacon 3 Ways

Discussion in 'Hot Smoked Bacon' started by disco, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    In some prior posts I advised I was putting a smoked gift package together for my brother and his family. In the last post, I had purchased two full pork loins and made Honey Loin Hams from the large ends of the loins. In this post, I will show how I made the final part of the package, back bacon (mysteriously to us Canadians, Canadian Bacon in the USA). 

    I cut the rest of the two loins into 4 meat chunks.

    I measured the cure mix for each piece of meat using the following formula, for each kilogram of pork I mixed:
    • 3 grams (2 ml) Prague Powder #1
    • 40 ml brown sugar
    • 15 ml kosher salt
    For the archaic souls who don't do metric this works out to the following per pound of pork.
    • 0.05 ounce (1/5 teaspoon) Prague Powder #1
    • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    Please note that you have to do each chunk one at a time by measuring the cure mix for that chunk and putting it in its own bag so that it gets the exact amount of cure needed.

    For one of the chunks, I added 1.5 ml of Berbere spice per kilogram to the cure for Berbere bacon. 

    I put the pork on a plate and rubbed the curing mix in. Then I put the meat and any cure mix that fell onto the plate into a ziploc bag.

    I calculated the length of time to cure the pork by my formula, 4 days for every inch of thickness plus 2 days. The thickest part of the pork was 2 1/2 inches so I cured it for 12 days by putting the bags in the fridge and turning them every day or two.

    After the 12 days, I rinsed the pork off and soaked it in cold water for 40 minutes, changing the water once. Then I put it on a tray in the fridge overnight.

    I put a grating of pepper over one of the chunks for pepper bacon.

    I put it in my pellets smoker with the smoker turned off and my A-Maze-N Tube smoker loaded with hickory. I smoked it for six to seven hours.

    I put the bacon in the fridge overnight.

    The next day I preheated my pellet smoker to 180 F and smoked the bacon to an internal temperature of 140 F.

    I covered the bacon and put it in the fridge for 2 days. Then I sliced it up.

    Of course, I had to sample each kind for quality control before I packaged it up.

    The Verdict

    I am really happy with this batch of bacon. It has a great salt/cure/sweet balance. I went really light on the Berbere spice and pepper as my sister in law is not into spicy and they gave just an interesting note to the bacon they were used on.

    I hope my family likes it as much as I do.

  2. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well, I sure did like looking at them and watching you make them!

    As usual, great post Disco!
  3. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Cranky. My niece has got back to me and was kind with her compliments.
  4. tropics

    tropics Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Disco That is some really nice looking Bacon,I would enjoy that with some over easy eggs Points for another great post


  5. b-one

    b-one Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Looks like the breakfast of champions if you ask me! Great work!Thumbs Up
  6. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looks wonderful, Disco! I've been making SWMBO the basic Morton TQ stuff for a while now and she eats it faster than I can cure it, so I've been hesitant to try something more, but that looks too good not to try, especially the smoking part!
    Seems like a lot of math, but I'll struggle through it.
    I've been informed that we're out, so this weekend I think I'll get some loin and try it both ways. 🙂
    Point for another excellent post!
  7. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Richie. It is a favourite.
    Well, the breakfast of fat old Canadians. Thanks, B1.
    Thanks, Dan. I would really look forward to a side by side comparison with the TQ. I do both too.
  8. bdskelly

    bdskelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Another outstanding post Disco.  And thank you for taking time doing the archaic soul measurements!  Very helpful! POINT

  9. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Great job Disco, I am going to make these, I always see loins at my store for great prices, thanks for the idea. Points!
  10. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Brian! I was being unkind. I don't do all metric myself. I still use inches and feet.
    I think you will like them Red! Thanks for the point!
  11. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    They'll love it, Disco!![​IMG]

    Looks Mighty Tasty![​IMG]

    Great Thread !![​IMG]


  12. bena

    bena Meat Mopper

    Looks Delish!  Nice Job Disco- wonderful write up.   You guys are sure making it easier for those who are looking for tutorials.
  13. basher

    basher Fire Starter

    One question why smoke it then cook to 140 another day?
  14. Thanks for the effort and detail. I have been wanting to try this and will now feel more confident.
  15. mike w

    mike w Smoking Fanatic

    Great looking bacon Disco!
  16. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Bear. They have tried it now and spoke kindly of the product.

    I appreciate the point!
    Har. It was Bearcarver's tutorials that got me started on bacon. Thanks for the kind words.
    It gives the bacon more time to pick up smoke flavour. The first day is just to put some smoke on it. I find if I do that and let it sit over night before doing the final smoke, I get a stronger but smoother smoke taste.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2016
  17. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It can't be too hard, I do it! If you would like to give it a try, I and others would be happy to help. You might want to check out Bearcarver's tutorials as well.
    Thanks, Mike! Very kind!
  18. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    What brand of Kosher salt do you use, Disco? I've heard there's a difference. Some recipes specify Diamond Crystal...
  19. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use Mortons. I do know some have different consistencies and you have to adjust for some recipes. This particular recipe wouldn't be too sensitive to that as I don't use as much salt as some others and I think there is little chance of it being to salty.
  20. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Beautiful work Disco as always.