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Belly Bacon

Discussion in 'Hot Smoked Bacon' started by lcruzen, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Been feeling a little under the weather the last few days so I'm just getting around to posting these. I did a wet cure with molasses, brown sugar, sallt pepper and paprika. Cured for about a week. Here are the slabs ready for the smoker.

    I let them dry in the smoker at about 100o with no smoke for about 2 hours. I then bumped up the temp to about 135o with maple and apple smoke for about 6 hours then 165o until they hit 153o. Total of about a 12 hour smoke.

    I also threw in an assortment of peppers to smoke roast. I'll dry these out and grind to add to my rub.

    Let the bacon chill overnite in the fridge and sliced.

    Prolly got about 6lbs of finished product for the freezer.
  2. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]   Very nice Icruzen!    I will have to make some bacon soon. 
  3. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yummmmm. Belly bacon is next on my list, but i wanna build a smokehouse first..
  4. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Thats some lean looking bacon, nice!
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Man oh Man that looks like some really awesome bellie bacon there Icruzen. Doesn't the bacon we make here seem like it is alot leaner then the stuff you get in the stores........Or is it me. But I can't wait to make some more for me and the wife.
  6. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Icruzen, that is some great looking bacon you have there and I should know; having to slice several lifetimes worth of bacon in my younger days (part of the joy when Dad ran not one but TWO commercial smokehouses).

    Can you post up a "How you did it" thread? If you can, we'll WIKI it. 
  7. cowgirl

    cowgirl Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Looks mighty tasty Lou!!
  8. Good lookin bacon. Got to find me some bellys!
  9. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Is that a more detailed post or is it supposed to go somewhere in particular? I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed you know!
  10. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ditto with me too, Dutch.. I bet I could still shingle out a pound of bacon at any thickness in my sleep within a ½ oz, lol!  Every single pound was sliced to each customer's specification; the only reprieve as if someone came in to get a chunk, usually with the rind on, but then you had to determine the weight before cutting it!  ... you couldn't win, lol![​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2010
  11. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Yeah Lou, If you can give more detail with such thing as measurements and such.  If you want you could edit your original post here and make it more detailed.  We then can make it into a WIKI which can be accessed by clicking on the Wiki button at the top of the page.