Got a good deal on bellies

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KBFlyer

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Went to the local grocery store this morning to pick up a few things and to my surprise they had cryovaced bellies sitting in the meat section. Only two but wow I have never seen them carry just bellies. Most times they will cut them in small pieces and sell them that way. I said why not and picked the biggest one of the two. 15 pounder, and that is large in my books. Most I get are 12-13 pounders. Last time I bought a 13 pounder it cost me 82 bucks. This one was 60 bucks. I said fool buy and run as it might be a mistake on the price so I did.
So now I have them curing in the fridge for 12-14 days with a dry cure. I use my bacon maple cure which is sold as a wet brine mix but I have always used it as my semi dry cure. Semi dry I mean I coat the bellies with maple syrup and add the powdered cure to it and then bag them for 12-14 days in the fridge.
I alway hot smoke my bacon but I think I will give the cold smoke a try this time.
Stay tuned and I will see you 14 day later.
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Nice, just over $4.00 a pound. I’m getting cryo half bellies (around 7 pounds) for $3.99 a pound. Works for me.
 
Went back to get the smaller one I left behind. It was gone but they had refreshed with this one. Never in my life have I seen one so big. This one will go in the freezer for down the road.
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