First stab at bacon

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by fatboyz, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. fatboyz

    fatboyz Fire Starter

    Well, I'm trying this out. Bacon is my favorite vegetable and favorite meat so I have wanted to try this for a long time.

    I have 2 slabs of PB, one is 2lb the other 1.5lb. I removed the skin and purchased a cure at the local meat market where I got the PB. I hope I used the cure correctly, because it looked like so little for the meat. I trusted my wife's calculations because she is much better at math than I.

    So they are wrapped and in the fridge as we start the 7 day flip period.

    Here are starter photos. I have the rub on the third photo.

    This is 1 ounce of cure, and the label says 1 ounce per 25 lbs of meat.



     
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  2. c farmer

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

    Bacon it good. Could you show a pic of the cure or label?
     
  3. fatboyz

    fatboyz Fire Starter

    C Farmer,

    Sure I will edit the post and add the cure at the bottom of the meat pics.
     
  4. c farmer

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

    Just womdering what cure it is ( my guess is #1 ) and how you came up with the calculation.
     
  5. fatboyz

    fatboyz Fire Starter

    My wife took the 1 ounce per 25 lbs (based on the label) and then she measured out 1/4 an 1/8 teaspoon for the 2 lb slab and then 1/4 teaspoon for the 1.5lb.

    It is supposed to be #1 cure, based on the shop owner.

    I wish I had seen pops liquid brine, I would have done that one. Seems much easier.
     
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  6. fatboyz

    fatboyz Fire Starter

    I just read pops brine post, and I am thinking that I should rinse my PB and try his brine. I will need to get a food safe container tomorrow....
     
  7. c farmer

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

    You can if your not sure about the cure you are using. Pops is good.
     
  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That is cure #1 he sold you.... The pink color and the amounts are right on....
    The belly will be fine with the amount of cure used...
    Continue on for 7-10 days with the cure you used.. It will make amazing bacon...
    I make my bacon the way you are making yours....

    Dave
     
  9. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hmmm - It may well be a version of Cure #1, but from experience I would not trust something that does not have the ingredients clearly detailed on the label. 
     
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  10. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Dave is right. His dry rub method is what I use and i can attest that it is a home run.
     
  11. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have 2 slabs of PB, one is 2lb the other 1.5lb. I removed the skin and purchased a cure at the local meat market where I got the PB.
    This is 1 ounce of cure, and the label says 1 ounce per 25 lbs of meat.


    Wade, you could be right.... but...... what that OP's statement tells me is the owner of the market divided up a larger bag of cure #1 to sell to patrons.... There's no way in heck you can buy a 1 oz. package of cure #1 unless it is divided on premise... and the proper ratios are listed on the packet.. 1 oz. per 25#'s.... and the color is pink.... and the markets logo is on the bag......
    I ain't Sherlock but this seems fairly evident...

    It's obvious I would trust it....... Dave
     
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  12. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    fatboys, morning.... If I may suggest you purchase a small electronic scale for measuring spices and cure for future curing endeavors....
    One possibly like this one....

    This one is 100 grams maximum.... great for spices and cures.....
    Most curing you will be doing uses from 0.9 grams to 1.5 grams per pound of meat...

     
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  13. fatboyz

    fatboyz Fire Starter

    Wow, thanks gentlemen for all of the responses.

    I hade a restless night, (is that normal? haha) but when I woke up this morning and there is already a fair amount of liquid in the bags, so I decided to leave it alone and trust the math.

    I'm really excited about this process, I have wanted to try this for awhile and finally decided to go for it.

    I currently have a digital scale, but I am considering another one so I will check that one out.

    I forgot to mention this but the ingredients are on the back of the package and they are: "Salt, Sodium Nitrite, Propylene Glycol, FD&C Red #40, Less than 2% Tricalcium Phosphate.

    The meat store has really good quality meat and they have been in business for a long long time so I kinda trust they know what they are doing.

    So long story short, I'm going for it.
     
  14. fatboyz

    fatboyz Fire Starter

    How do I know how long to cure the meat? I've read anywhere from 7 - 10 days. I'm on day 7 now, so I'm not sure if I need to go all the way to 10...hmmmm
     
  15. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you are using the dry rub where the cure ingredients have been weighed for the specific weight of meat that you are curing then, within reason, you cannot over cure. Unless it is very thick then you will usually find that it is cured within 10 days. I usually leave mine foe 14 days bit I usually cure pork loin. I leave the belly in for 14 fays too - but that is because I usually produce them at the same time.

    Looking at your photo, 10 days will be more than sufficient.
     
  16. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Having been badly bitten on 3 occasions by buying bags that have not been fully labeled from vendors of unknown providence, I am now just naturally skeptical. The fact that it is just called "Cure Modern House" and has no indication of either the contents or component concentrations anywhere on the label I certainly would not use it. Being pink and having a recommended usage rate that is similar to Cure #1 does not confirm that it is in fact cure #1. Maybe us Brits are just naturally less trusting than you Americans.
     
  17. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member



    Wade, morning..... From looking at your posts, and the OP's posts, It looks as if you have a problem with me........


    ..Dave..
     
  18. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Dave - ??? Not at all - I love you to bits [​IMG]. I was looking at the label photo and not the subsequent post. My oversight. Still no %ages though so it is still a case of use-at-your-own-risk. I would not - but others might.

    Wade
     
  19. fatboyz

    fatboyz Fire Starter

    Thanks Wade, I was leaning towards 10 days to be sure. It is firming up nicely. My plan is to smoke it on Sunday afternoon.

    Thanks for the advice, and I love the Brits! Spent a lot of time with Brit Sailors through my Naval Career. Love you guys! I missing drinking tea with the sailors when we were in port together.
     
  20. smokin phil

    smokin phil Smoking Fanatic

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