Bacon Dog Treats

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by tjohnson, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes, you read the title correctly!!

    I cold smoked 35# of bellies, and had some skin left over.

    Hmmmmm.......What to do with the skin???

    Why not smoke the skin, and dry it out for dog treats???

    Great way to use the pig skin that's usually thrown away

    Enjoy!

    Todd

    Pig Skin that was left over from the bellies I made into bacon

    I trimmed off most of the fat


    Hanging in the smoker

    Waiting for some smoke and heat


    Smoked at 120° for approx. 4 hours

    Heat was raised to 160° for another 8 hours


    Finished smoking and drying

    Next time I'll trim more fat


    Think He's a Happy Dog?

     
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2013
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Holy Chit!!!

    That really is "One Lucky Dog"!!!

    Bear
     
  3. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good idea, Todd. I'll try that next time. Did you cure skin on or off?
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2013
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I did that last bellies I smoked. I did not remove any fat. I left them out at room temp as they were like shoe leather. After 2 weeks they went Rancid. Even the dog would not touch them. You may want to refer them if you have a lot...JJ
     
  5. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I cured the bellies without the skin

    Dog Treats are is the freezer [​IMG]
     
  6. Deep Fry em and grab some beers. These put the store bought ones to shame.

    Pork Rinds
     
  7. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Love it. I try to smoke treats like this for my girl golden also. great pic of your pooch with a mouth full!
     
  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I thought about making "Cracklins", but after 35# of bacon, I'm kinda sick of looking at it!!!

    The meat locker gets $7/lb. for pig ears......OUCH!

    Since I didn't share any bacon with the dog, I figured he deserved some smoked dog treats

    TJ
     
  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Only Right!!!

    Bear
     
  10. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Todd....that pup is adorable!!!!  Good job!

    Kat
     
  11. That is one happy dog I am sure!
     
  12. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Jackson is with me 24 hours a day

    He goes to work with me every day

    Very loyal dog!!

    TJ
     
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Todd,

    Better check the "Child Labor Laws"!

    Bear
     
  14. You have a very lucky dog.
     
  15. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    But did you get the secret bean recipe?

    Lucky dog, we always save what wasn't made into cracklins for pinto beans. I bet smoked skin off the sow belly would make killer beans!
     
  16. wjordan52

    wjordan52 Meat Mopper

    NC
    What a great idea! I haven't done bacon but would love to make some for Rocky. Wonder if a butcher would have pig skin? 
     
  17. Amen on the Dog treats, I will have to that for my dog.
     
  18. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I had some pig skin from my last batch of bacon, so I followed Todd's proceedure and voila!

    Scraped and skewered.


    7:30 am, into the smoker with some oak pellets.


    And 12 hours later...doggy treats! Unfortunately, our daughter's dog, Izzy, hasn't been over yet to taste test them.


    So it sounds like I need to freeze some of these? If they get limp, I guess I could crisp them up again in the oven?
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013
  19. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The Dog Treats look AWESOME!!

    Any Pics of the "Happy Dog?"

    Yup, Freeze them

    Every time I go into the freezer, my dog comes running!
     
  20. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks, Todd! I will get a pic as soon as she comes over, which is once or twice a week.
     

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