First Bacon

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by daggerdoggie, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. daggerdoggie

    daggerdoggie Smoke Blower

    After reading all the posts on here on homemade bacon, I had to try it.

    I found a great source for pork bellies in Albany, NY, and just about anything else you may want to find regarding meat.  Tons of hand made sausages and custom-cut meats.  It's a great place.

    To start with, I selected a simple recipe I found on here of just cure # 1, kosher salt and brown sugar.  Rubbed in the cure first well and then the salt and sugar.

    Here's my first 6lb of bacon going into the fridge.  Looking forward to the results.

  2. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Looking forward to the bacon. [​IMG]
  3. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    Nice! My ingredient list is very similar and it turns out awesome every time. Can't wait to see the final product.
  4. talan64

    talan64 Meat Mopper

    [​IMG]      [​IMG]

    Waiting "patiently"
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Yep, we'll be here!

  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'll be here too, if Al & Talan will slide over & quit hogging the popcorn!!!


  7. We'll be waiting...I'm not so sure about "patiently". [​IMG]

    Have fun.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2011
  8. Here in the Seattle area we have a store named Cash & Carry a branch of Smart Foodservice.

    In my South Tacoma store, I just 1 hour ago found they have pork Bellies in 10 pound boxes frozen for $2.28 per pound.

    I bought my first pork belly and will be going for the bacon, but due to work schedule and vacation planned, It will not happen untill the middle of August, will be hard to wait.

  9. daggerdoggie

    daggerdoggie Smoke Blower

    I'm anxiously waiting too.  Five more days until I can do something to it other than turn it every day.
  10. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Be patient grasshopper and SMF will have yet another baconmaker in the house. Good luck + I also will be watching. No popcorn here just bacon flavored sunflower seeds. Dang I'm addicted to them.
  11. daggerdoggie

    daggerdoggie Smoke Blower

    Bacon flavored sunflower seeds?  How do you make those?
  12. daggerdoggie

    daggerdoggie Smoke Blower

    Well, the wait is almost over.  Two bacons out of the cure.  I rinsed them both off, did a test fry on the regular bacon (so far, so good) and the buckboard bacon is soaking in ice water per instructions for an hour.  The regular bacon is back in the fridge for a day to dry off and then both go in the smoker.

    Buckboard bacon soaking:


    Bacon drying in the fridge - Just a few more days:

  13. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Lookin' Good So Far

    You can speed up forming the pellicle, by placing a fan in front of it.  Takes about 1/2 hour or so.

    What wood are you using to smoke with and how long do you plan to smoke?

    I use Apple and the color will tell when it's done


    Good Luck!

  14. daggerdoggie

    daggerdoggie Smoke Blower

    Thank you and thanks for the tip...I'm going to try that now.

    I will also be using apple wood for a cold smoke.  I like the smoke flavor, so I was planning on about 12 hours of cold you think that's too much?
  15. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    12 hrs is not to long for a cold smoke. Last one we did in als smoke house went 18 - 19 hrs.
  16. daggerdoggie

    daggerdoggie Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the advise...

    Fan on the bacon...


    Smoker fired up; awaiting TBS:

  17. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I used to smoke with Hickory for 6 1/2 hours, and switched to Apple for 12 hours.  Eman is correct, that some guys will smoke for 18+ hours.  This will depend on the type of smoker used or if you're using a smokehouse.

    The color will tell you when your bacon is done.  Bacon will start to take on color at about 6 hours.  I would do a test fry at about 6 1/2 hours and see if you like it.  Remember, the first slice or 2 will have a smokier taste.

    Also, the quality of smoke and type of wood used will determine the final smoke flavor.  Hickory can have a little "Bite" to it, so I don't use it on bacon.  If you're producing a nice Thin Blue Smoke(TBS), you're on the right track.  If you're producing thick white smoke, you'll end up with bitter tasting bacon from the creosote.

    You'll never buy store bought bacon again!

  18. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Smoke is lookin' a little thick and white

    Slow down the smoke and get the TBS

  19. daggerdoggie

    daggerdoggie Smoke Blower

    Yes, I just started it.  Waiting for it to settle down in the next hour or so.
  20. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've never seen it done in an offset, so this is interesting.

    Lots of guys with offsets can benefit from your post!

    Depending on your temps, you may be done much sooner than 12 hours.

    I would not bring your belly bacon up past 120° internal.  You'll lose the fat


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