First try bacon

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by hagar, May 18, 2016.

  1. hagar

    hagar Fire Starter

    Hello all! Well I thought I would try out makin bacon. So I found this great forum and Pop's wet brine recipe. Needless to say I have learned quite a bit from everyone that has been posting. I got a nice pork belly from Costco about 9# cut it into quarters, put each piece into a ziploc and added Pop's brine to each. I cured them for 12 days (oops forgot to do a fry test) newbie mistake. Then I rinsed the belly, dried and added fresh ground pepper to one and honey garlic to another, i left 2 plain. Put on some racks for pellicle for 2 days.

    I have a Traeger Texas with a Smoking Wedgie for cold smoking. So I lit one end of the wedgie with hickory pellets and put the bacon in for a nice slow cold smoke. Hope it turns out![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  2. smokinal

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

    Nice looking belly!

    Hard to find thick ones around here.

  3. hagar

    hagar Fire Starter

    Wow what can I say, Pop's brine is amazing! 20 days start to finish, in and out of cold smoke several times. I have the bacon itch and will be definitly be making more. [​IMG][​IMG]

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  4. bena

    bena Meat Mopper

    Nice post and great looking Bacon!
  5. japanfan

    japanfan Newbie

    How long did you cold smoke it?  I have been thinking of making some bacon but not sure how long to smoke it.  Should it only be cold smoke are do you add any heat to the process?
  6. hagar

    hagar Fire Starter

    Well for my first time I tried to keep the temp around 70. We had some warm weather and the temp was getting warmer than I wanted. So I pulled the bacon off and put it back in the fridge. I cold smoked it again after the sun went down for a few hours. Put it back in the fridge for the night and did the whole thing over the next day. I probably cold smoked for around 10 hours. Great smoke flavor!

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  7. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looks really amazing, great job.
  8. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking bacon particularly for a first go.

    You were lucky you found these forums. I started smoking before I found the info here and my first efforts weren't as good as this!

    I do advised that you are doomed now. You have a smoking addiction and there is no cure!

    Points for a great bacon.


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