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scubohuntr

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Okay, I picked up a 9 pound belly at Costco today. Applied a dead-basic dry cure right off the Digging Dog calculator. I'll be putting it in the grill with the AMNPS on New Years Day, or thereabouts. I might put together some summer sausage next weekend to keep it company in the smoker. Hopefully I'll have pics to post in a few weeks.
 

SmokinAl

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Sounds like a plan!

I'll be watching!

Al
 

scubohuntr

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12 days in the cure, flipping daily.


A day and a half uncovered in the fridge to form a pellicle, then into the grill with the AMNPS


The AMNPS worked flawlessly, once I broke down and used a propane torch to light it as the instructions said. It burned for about 9 hours. Temperatures in the mid to upper 20's. I was hoping for a bit more color than I got.


I was worried that I didn't get any smoke on it, until I left it in the refrigerator uncovered for an hour or so before I wrapped it up.
 Yup, it's smoky.


Probably should have waited a couple more days to try it; needs a bit more mellowing.
 

crankybuzzard

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Looks like your first belly was a success!

The longer it sits the more mellow it'll get.  If you want more color, you can cold smoke it longer.
 

wurkenman

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Awesome. I am hooked on homemade bacon now. My family wants more Jalepeno flavored. I will be building a smokehouse in the back yard this summer.
 

smokeymose

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Don't fret about "color". Taste is the test. I've had the same "The refrigerator smells like smoke!!" comment. They get over it :biggrin:

Welcome to homemade bacon!
 

rca dog

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LOL I get that "the refrigerator smells like 'insert smoked\fresh meat here' all the time.  I thinks it's getting to the point that when I don't have something in the fridge, she thinks something is wrong, cause it doesn't 'smell right'  Point from me for your first bacon !
 

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HA! It's a good thing the smoke smell doesn't get into the beer on the top shelf--not that a good Rauchbier isn't good but smoke is not good with all styles.  Welcome to the bacon crazies group!
 

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