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Black Pepper Bacon

Discussion in 'Hot Smoked Bacon' started by potsieko, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. potsieko

    potsieko Fire Starter

    Started with a 10 lb belly from Costco, rinsed and cut in half. Soaked in Pop's brine for 2 weeks - patted dry and placed in the fridge for a couple days. Coated with black pepper, smoked over hickory wood with a kiss of cherry and red oak for 8 hours, starting at 125* and working up to 165* to an IT of 130*. Pulled out the smoke shack and cooled outside for a few hours. Bloomed in the fridge for a couple days and hand sliced. Fried up the edges, but forgot to snap a pic....guess I was too consumed in the goodness I was eating!

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  2. flatbroke

    flatbroke Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    hey man that looks good.
  3. kruizer

    kruizer Master of the Pit

    Good lookin pepper bacon. May I come to your house for breakfast?
  4. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Goodness Gracious you are forgiven!
    That looks like a wonderful batch of Pepper Bacon!
    Beautiful Job!
  5. 73saint

    73saint Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Beautiful Bacon!
  6. SunnyDC

    SunnyDC Smoke Blower

    Jeeeeepers! That's GORGEOUS.
  7. motocrash

    motocrash Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    5 posts and no mention of your excellent slicing!? Great job man.
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  8. dcecil

    dcecil Master of the Pit

    Thats looks amazing. Moto is right, excellent knife skills BIG LIKE
  9. potsieko

    potsieko Fire Starter

    Thanks everyone! This is only my second belly to transform into bacon, but the results are amazing if you follow directions. After gifting a few packs, it looks as though I should pick up another belly and start the process all over, again! ( I'm not complaining, BTW )

    I also smoked some tasso IMG_0557.jpg ,

    venison sausage IMG_0542.jpg

    and venison snack sticks IMG_0541.JPG

    - but didn't take enough pics to compose a thread. I've got a few buddies wanting more snack sticks, so I'll be making more soon - and I'll remember to take ample pictures.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2019
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  10. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Now that looks really good to me. Nice Job.

    Point for sure.
  11. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Fantastic looking bacon & you certainly have some serious knife skills!
    Great job on the slicing & congrats on making the carousel!!
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  12. JC in GB

    JC in GB Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That looks great. I got 12 lbs of belly curing right now. It is going in the smoker Sunday as we are having a break in the weather. Hope mine turns out as well as yours.. :emoji_sunglasses:
  13. SmokinVOLfan

    SmokinVOLfan Master of the Pit

    Great looking bacon man! I did two bellies right before Christmas and the black pepper slabs were the best by far.

    Wish I had the patience to cut bacon by hand that good!
  14. crazymoon

    crazymoon Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    PSK, Wow, nice looking bacon and your other smoked goodies are spot on too ! likes
  15. GATOR240

    GATOR240 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Terrific job. Nicely done. Like.
  16. uncle eddie

    uncle eddie Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You are my hero. Big Like!!!
  17. bacon_crazy510

    bacon_crazy510 Fire Starter

    I've got two words for that ... NICE!!!
  18. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome on both the bacon and snack sticks.

  19. nanuk

    nanuk Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    did I miss some descriptor??

    I LOVE bacon!
  20. Yummy. That's my next venture. Nice Lookin' bacon.