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Bacon advice

Discussion in 'Pork' started by Fgignac, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. Fgignac

    Fgignac Fire Starter

    Hello all,

    I have been wanting to try and make my own bacon for a while now. I was at Costco earlier today and they happened to have pork belly, so I picked some up. I have been looking at other posts on bacon making and have come to realize that most people are using large pieces of pork belly. What I found is already cut into smaller pieces. Like this


    Each piece is about as thick as it is wide. Would this still work for making bacon or is it truly necessary to make it from a larger piece? The only problem I can think of is that it will be a pain in the butt to slice. But I am new to curing meat so I would appreciate any insight people have to offer.
  2. Fgignac

    Fgignac Fire Starter

  3. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If that's just plain pork belly and not salt pork it can become bacon, I see the issue of slicing and you might end up with as much bacon candy as slices but that's not so bad. I use Hi mountain cure. Did up some of my old threads and you'll get most of your questions answered. Also pork loin makes a great Canadian bacon. Good luck
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That looks like and the label says Sliced Pork Belly. It's thick cut and skinless. A couple of days in a quarter batch of Pops Brine, then cold smoke, ambient to 140°F, for a couple hours will get the job done. I don't think you will need to slice it further...JJ

    Quarter batch Brine.
    1Qt Water
    2Tablespoons Table Salt, or 3Tbs Kosher Salt.
    1/4C Brown Sugar
    1/4C White Sugar
    1teaspoon Cure #1

    Combine and mix well. Add Belly, cover and refrigerate 3-4 days. Keep the meat submerged and stir every 12 hours or so. Drain, rinse, pat completely dry and lay out on smoker or jerky racks. Smoke 4-6 hours or as desired.
    daveomak likes this.
  5. Fgignac

    Fgignac Fire Starter

    It says "sliced" but I wouldn't exactly call it that. The "slices" are as thick as they are wide. About 1 1/2" by 1 1/2". Would this change your recommended curing time at all?
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Go 10 days for that thickness...JJ