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joed617

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Here is my final project, I made this bacon without nitrates <salt peter>
It's dry cured and hand rubbed and I had hand sliced it. <time to buy a slicer>

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Oh my, that looks PERFECT, Joe. What cut did you use to make that? Where did you buy the cut? Smoked for how long..?
 

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we only made a lb of to try out a the recipe. It's a pork belly, the wife got it at a grocery store, was cured in equal parts salt and sugar for 3 days, rinsed and pat dry and left uncovered in the fridge for a day and smoked for 4 hours using hickory at 110 deg.

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Welcome back Rodger, We had it and it was pretty good. I do need a meat slicer to cut it thin.. I may experiment some with the formula some before the next batch.



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I just wondered. The colors look real good. I could not tell if the pic was fried or just sliced. I like my bacon nearly burned up, but most normal :roll: people like theirs cooked a little bit "as my nephew says" Wimpier. :D When it looked like your pic, he thought it was perfect.
 

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Rodger, that bacon was just sliced and not cooked yet.



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Like I said, my nephew liked his bacon a little rare :shock: .

I'm glad to hear it wasn't cooked yet, cause that means it looked perfect. 8)
 

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Let me add my compliments as well. :D Very nice job on the bacon. 8)

Homemade bacon is something I haven't made yet but get tempted every time I see pictures like yours.

What were some of the adjustments you're thinking about?
 

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Hi Bob, I put maple syrup in the cure and wasn't happy with the results. Other than that It was good.. I'm going to try again when I get a chance.

You can make a pruscuitto ham the same way but <always a but> it takes about 8 months and having that hang around our condo my wife wouldn't be too happy.



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Nice pic of the sliced bacon. Brings back memories when we used to do full bellies and load the smokehouse with 25-30 slabs at a time. Smoked with applewood and the neighborhood sure smelled great. For some reason that applewood smoke always smelled better in the fall.
 

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Thanks Dutch, I smoked that bacon with hickory.. I am going to try apple next time. I'll also have a meat slicer by then also.. It's difficutl to find the cuts of meat I'd like to have.. I continue to seek out new sources.


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Joe, what type of cuts are you looking for?
 

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Dutch, here is the problem my wife has a thing for all natural beef, pork, chciken and so on. I'd like to find a source for certain cuts .. like "Pork Bellies" Boston Butts <I live close to Boston and can only find shoulders, I think the grind the all the butts to make sausages> There are meat packing plants in Boston but there only open until 10am on saturdays, closed sundays. We did find a farm out here but they think thier selling gold .. close to 5.00 per lb for all natural pork, chops, butts or roast. The beef ribs I smoked were 1.99 per lb again all natural and the all natural ribs I get are close to 6.00 per lb.. I have a choice .. continue buying this all natural meat <the flavor is excelent as well as the tenderness, color and marbeling> or hmm naww I'll keep the wife, she is worth it.

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Hey Joe,

Sounds like you have some understanding neighbors, how you think they would feel about you puttin a couple pigs, maybe a small cow and a few chickens out in the back yard :lol:

Tell'em you'll share when slaughter time gets here. 8)

Seriously, here is a link that may help you http://www.eatwild.com/products/massachusetts.html
 

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Rodger, I fell over laughing at that. I have no back yard, However I did ask the wife if I use the spare bedroom and I'd get some straw. She said if I keep it up I'll be useing the spare bedroom sooner than I thought and not for farm animals either. So I said what about the basement? I got the "are you crazy look" and I said <actually mumbeled> But you like veal don't ya..


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Short of buying a farm and raising your own livestock. . .but then that can get expensive too!!
 

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Yep, I know what you mean Dutch.. For my own saftey <looking over my shoulder> I'll give up on raising the critters.. But we do have 2 fat cats <her cats> Nahhhh laugh




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Thanks Brother Rodger, I have a brother in NH who is on the lookout as well.


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