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Ham and bacon first timer (did search)

Discussion in 'Pork' started by veener88, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. veener88

    veener88 Smoke Blower

    I am getting my self ready for when the hog is done and I have 2 fresh hams and about 15-20lbs of bacon to smoke. What I am trying to get down is what I need and what I have to get ready for.

    I have two smokers and I do not know what one is better for this.

    Brinkmann Smoke`N Pit Pitmaster Deluxe Charcoal/Wood Smoker & Grill (have done the mods from this website)

    Also the Brinkman Gourmet Charcoal Smoker & Grill.

    I did see this post on bacon but Dacdots is on vacation.


    What I am trying to get down and the prep mostly. I read this and I am not sure what it means. "Pump your bellies at 8% of green weight"

    I just want to get this right. From what I have read it is better for me to smoke these right away and then freeze then to have them sit in my freezer and smoke them latter.

    I know my one problem might be is that my area is not very smoker freindly. So I have a hard time trying to find info on it and supplies.

    Thanks for any help on this,
  2. cajunsmoker

    cajunsmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think JoeD617 will chime in shortly and tell you what to do. He just did some good looking bacon. If you would like a ham cure recipe that can be done on a normal smoker then check this out.


    Got this on my list of things to do for Thanksgiving :D
  3. veener88

    veener88 Smoke Blower


    That makes it seems very easy. I have to find were to get the supplies. I did just think of something my local hunting stores. I would think Bass Pro and Gander Mountin should have some of that modern cure.
  4. cajunsmoker

    cajunsmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm sorry, you can get all the supplies you need at this site;


    That site has all the cure stuff you will need.
  5. veener88

    veener88 Smoke Blower

  6. Awesome link dude