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Featured First bacon - thanks Disco!

Discussion in 'Hot Smoked Bacon' started by Omnivore, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. Omnivore

    Omnivore Smoke Blower

    I had half a belly, a little over 3.5 pounds, off a hog from a ranch down the coast. I believe it was a cross between Gloucestershire Old Spot and American Guinea hog. This was the first part of the pig I've cured so far.

    I followed Disco's recipe with some small exceptions. It cured slightly longer than his calculations (camping trip screwed up my schedule) and I skipped the cold smoke because I was using hickory (forgot to order apple) and didn't want double smoked hickory. I also didn't take my smoker to 180F because I've seen it shoot up to 220 at times when it's set to that. Instead, per Bear's recipe, I kept it around 130F, with it occassionally getting up to 150.

    I took it to 130F internal, and was happy to see that I didn't have any fat drips and it was pretty dry to the touch.

    Rested the slab for a day and then sliced with a 12 inch knife my friend recently gave me. It was sooo helpful to have a longer blade. I wish I had that knife when I was removing the skin prior to curing!

    Anywho, this bacon is OUTSTANDING. I cooked up a few little off cuts this morning with scrambled eggs and toast. Perfectly salty and ever so slightly sweet. I can't pinpoint why it tastes different than store-bought, but it does, and it's better.
    Big thanks to Disco, Bear, Dave and anyone else who helped me out with this process!
  2. browneyesvictim

    browneyesvictim Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great job! Man, that's a nice meaty slab there!
  3. drdon

    drdon Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks delicious. Nice outcome. Isn't it great to have the road mapped out ahead of us? This place rocks.
  4. Omnivore

    Omnivore Smoke Blower

    Thanks! It has a nice chew - which is good so it doesn't disappear as fast!
  5. Omnivore

    Omnivore Smoke Blower

    Thanks! Totally - the forum has been so useful for pretty much everything I've thrown in my smoker so far.
  6. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Beautiful bacon. Cant go wrong following Disco.
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  7. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice work . Good looking bacon .
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  8. Jabiru

    Jabiru Meat Mopper

    Man that looks so tasty, nice work!
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  9. browneyesvictim

    browneyesvictim Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Disco is doing the jitterbug right now!
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  10. bworthy

    bworthy Meat Mopper

    That looks so good! Definitely going to try my hand at bacon soon. I think I’ve read every bacon post on here.
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  11. texomakid

    texomakid Smoking Fanatic

    It looks perfect to me. Wow ++
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  12. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great meat to fat ratio.
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  13. Steve H

    Steve H Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That's some great looking bacon!
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  14. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Excellent looking bacon. Great Job.

    Point for sure
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  15. tropics

    tropics Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Bacon looks great I can't find slabs that look anything like that.
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  16. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking bacon... and nice knife... I think it's older than my family heirloom that's +/- 80 years old...

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  17. tx smoker

    tx smoker Smoking Fanatic

    "Big thanks to Disco, Bear, Dave and anyone else who helped me out with this process!"

    Excellent job and welcome to a world from which there's no return. You'll never buy store bought bacon again nor will you want it from a restaurant with your meal. You'll come away disappointed every time....I guarantee it!! Just a suggestion....you may want to give a look at Disco's Back (Canadian) Bacon also and give consideration to giving that a run. It is easy to do and absolutely amazing!! My freezer will never be without it, or the bacon I learned to make from Disco also.

    You mention three people here that have created a legacy (see what I meant Disco??) within this forum by helping people and improving their lives. Since finding this forum and seeking guidance from the aforementioned sages, my life has forever changed for the better. We rarely buy anything pre-prepared from the store anymore. I make pretty much everything now.

    I love this place!!
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  18. uncle eddie

    uncle eddie Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It looks pretty perfect to me...LIKE!
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  19. jcam222

    jcam222 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Man that is some AAA+ looking bacon!! That must have been a very meaty belly.
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  20. nicefly

    nicefly Fire Starter

    Great knifework on some nice thick cuts.
    I like making bacon so I can cut it as thick as I want or leave some chunks for beans or collards and such.

    Nice work.
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