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Bacon a little acrid

Joined Nov 5, 2013
Hi all

I am looking for some help.  My first bacon is not as sweet as I want and the outside, especially, tastes a little acrid, sometimes as an aftertaste.

I have built a smoker - pine tongue and groove.  The smoke comes from an old wood burner with a long flexible pipe producing a lot of smoke at 68-80 Farenheit.  I have a number of guesses as to the problems and would welcome experienced comment.

I reckon I need to increase the amount of sugar or honey (our own) I use in the mix - cure is in bags.

On the acridity, possibilities include:

* not all my wood was oak, some was chestnut, all was hardwood

* some of the wood still had bark on, often damp to help keep the temperature down

* I used a firelighter and kindling to start the fire - I do not think any was left before the meat went in, but it is just possible

* the smoke is direct from the fire rather than heating a batch of chips and sawdust on a gas ring

Any ideas welcome


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Joined Apr 4, 2013
Howdee Steve..... First, let me ask that after this you head over to the "Roll Call" forum so you can get all your indoctrination and shots so you know the site and how it works. Also go into your profile please so we can see where on this rock you hang your hat at night. It will matter in many questions you'll ask.

It appears you know enough to already know whats wrong and just want verification.

It really is not a issue here but there are two different cures for bacon, a brine cure and a rub cure.

First if you are pumping out a lot of smoke, you need to regulate it. White smoke has no flavor is a favorite saying. Without going into the usual debate over smoke qualities I will go out on a limb and guess too much smoke. White smoke means incomplete burn for a number of reasons, water being one. Here they say the wood steams.

Second, bark is not good for smoking. Most hardwoods are good for smoking so oak and chestnut I assume are ok.

Lighter fluid is a culprit if you have sensitive taste budds. (but I still keep it around too)

So I am guessing your taste comes from bad smoke, wet wood with bark on. Add to that the outside possibility that you might have been trying to apply too much smoke.

Do you have the same problem when doing a hot smoke vice a cold smoke?

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But better wood, and slower smoke, and a better lighter system one of those I am guessing is your primary culprit.

Its always a beautiful day when you smell the smoke in the air. Good luck.

steve marshall

Thread starter
Joined Nov 5, 2013
Thanks Foamheart

This is my first ever smoke so no comparison with hot and cold.

I guessed too much smoke was the issue - not an outside possibility.


Meat Mopper
Joined Aug 5, 2013

What Foam said.  If you post your curing recipe here there are folks that might be able to make a few suggestions about the sweetness.  Also, you may want to give the bacon a few days in the fridge, the smoke flavor has a tendency to moderate a bit over time.


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Joined Apr 4, 2013
Seriously Steve look into that aux smoke generator, I am not selling 'em but I have and love mine.

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