Bacon Time / Pop's Brine

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by moneymike, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    Time for bacon again!!

    I'm going to try Pop's Brine with some extra seasonings!

    2 - 10lb Pork Bellies went into the brine this evening.

    How long should the bellies stay in the brine?

    Here are a couple pictures of the bellies before they went into the refrigerator.
     
  2. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

     
  3. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

     
  4. Well, I usually leave mine in the brine for 12-14 days.  Then they come out for  about 24 hrs to form a pelicle, and then in to the smoke for 12-18 hrs or longer depending on the color I want.
     
     
  5. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I do mine for 14 days.

    I think in his thread he says 12-14 days
     
  6. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    When it's time to smoke what is the ideal temperature for smoking?
     
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Depends on how long you want to smoke:

    If you want good color & nice & smoky:

    Cold smoke between 60* & 90*  for 20 to 40 hours.

    Or Warm smoke at 130* for 9 to 12 hours. (My method.)

    Bear
     
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  8. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    When the bellies come out of the brine what needs to be done before smoking?
     
  9. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    Can the bellies be taken out of the brine earlier than the suggested 12-14 days?
     
  10. I personally wouldn't mess with the cure recipe, method or time, they've been tried and tested.  I'd hate to bump someone off due to a couple of days.  Just my two penneth.

    Gary
     
  11. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

     
  12. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower


    Let the smoke roll!!
     

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