Cob Smoked Bacon

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by hoity toit, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I picked up a some pork bellies at Restaurant Depot and dry rubbed with tender quick 1/2oz per pound and then rubbed in a couple tbs brown sugar. Cured for 9 days, rinsed them off then test fried a small piece. Then I rubbed simple seasonings of garlic,onion, black pepper and on a couple of them I used a mesquite habanero grind. Back in the frig for overnight and then I put them in the modified MES 40 with no heat , just corn cob pellets and and corn cob dust in the AmaZn smoker tray.the The tray goes into the mailbox below the smoker. I did that mod a few days ago because you guys all speak so highly of how it works. Anyway, smoked the bacon for 6 hrs, put in the frig overnight and smoker again yesterday am early because t was cooler. The second smoking was another solid 6 hrs with a light wispy smoke. I don't think it ever got over 100 degrees. I pulled them out about 1pm let them rest on the counter for an hour and then back in the frig to rest overnight.

    Well, today was slice and vac seal day. I cant wait to try some on a sandwich.

    Pictures tell the rest of the story. Enjoy.

    Meat lug is a great thing to stack the sliced bacon in.

    Ends and pieces

    Don't think we will be running out for a while. look how meaty it is....

    I added the labels just for the heck of it. It makes it look a little more professional. LOL
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  2. c farmer

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

    Great lookin bacon. I been wanting to try cobs.

    Points for you
  3. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    The cob smoke is quite pungent and some people may not like it but i think it is great on bacon and hams. I mixed a little hickory sawdust in with it to mellow it some. I was super lucky on this batch and somehow managed to get some really lean belly. I only had maybe 2 hand fulls of ends and pieces and those went in a zip loc bag so I have something to put in with the pinto beans. Cob smoked meat is pretty pricey at the places that sell it. One place wanted 17 bucks a pound for their bacon. That's why we have to make it ourselves.

  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Job Dexter!![​IMG]--------------[​IMG]

    When we were PMing, I didn't know you were making a full 2 Belly Batch---Looks Great !![​IMG]

  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks good to me Dexter.... :2thumbs:
  6. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, I am having some on a BLT for lunch right now.  It is not as "smokey" as I thought it would be, pretty mellow and pronounced but not over smoked. The ones I used habanero / mesquite seasoning on are  just enough to taste, glad I did not rub to much on it. The others have the basic rub.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2015
  7. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I figured it was just a easy to do 2 as it was one.,If your gonna light of the smoker it might as well be full right ?
  8. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    HT That looks awesome!! great job and nice lookin bacon, You know I am a free bacon taste tester right -- Did I mention FREE!! LOL 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker

  9. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Awesome looking bellies! So lean!

    I like corn cob on bacon also, though I've never found it pungent. I have had neighbors ask if I was roasting corn, though.

    These days I go with about a 70/30 mix of corn cob and cherry (for coloring).
  10. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dang! That's some good lookin' bacon!

    I want to know where you found it below 100 degrees outside yesterday. It's been over a 100 on my patio every day for the last couple or 3 weeks and I'm only about 80 miles North of you.
  11. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    HT that is impressive,meaty Bacon OMG nice job on the smoke.Thanks for sharing


  12. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I won't hijack and post a picture but..........

    One of my first bacons was smoked with corn cob because my Pop told me that's how they did it when he was a kid. I have got to say that the corn bob smoke gave the most beautiful smoke color and one of the sweetest taste to the bacon I have yet to see/taste. AND I did it with an Amazin pellet tray too.

    That's some good lookin bacon you made, if ya don't mind, make me swoon with envy and tell me what you sliced all that pretty bacon up with, pretty please.

    When I first did bacon I complained about not enough meat, now I complain about not enough fat, LOL I am thinking I am going to try buckboard to get a greater fat content. LOL

    I know I am rambling, sorry......

    Good professional looking bacon, today is the first day we've had in a long time less that 90 degrees. Maybe we'll get to some smoking weather here again soon. Maybe we need to start a relief pool for poor folks that can't make bacon....... <chuckles>
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2015
  13. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking bacon!:points:
  14. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking Bacon! I have four bellies and cob pellets waiting for it to cool off enough so I can get these bellies smoked!
  15. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I used my el cheapo Deni 8" slicer. It does a pretty good job if you have the bacon almost frozen and don't crowd it. I lucked out on the temp because like you said it has been over a 100 here for a while. I like to slice it all first and stack it in the meat lugger, then I weigh it out in 1lb pack and vac seal. Thanks for the compliments..
  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yup---And 2 bellies cut in 3 pieces each fit nicely on the top 3 racks in our MES 40s.

    You got the right idea!![​IMG][​IMG]

  17. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    It really does fit just right, I was going to hang them in the wood smokehouse but even in the shade I was concerned about the temp. so I just used the insulated MES 40 in the shade on the back porch with the mailbox trick and was able to keep it under 100* for the entire smoke. By the way I like the mailbox mod. I even put two smoke trays in it for a while.

    I could have added some ice but it didn't get hot enough to do that. All I know is that after smoking, slicing, and bagging with no help I was whupped.
  18. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic


    That is some TEXAS sized bacon production. Looks Great. [​IMG]

    Nice post with great views.[​IMG]


  19. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thank you sir for the kind comments..
  20. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    we are fixin to do this again tomorrow....

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