It's Bacon!

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by wilson, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. wilson

    wilson Meat Mopper

    I started my first bacon this afternoon. Started a 5 lb Butt.
    I used Basic Morton's Sugar Cure 1 T per pound with 1/2 teaspoon sugar per pound then I added 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar per pound and 1 of pepper, and 1 1/4 teaspoon of seasoning.
    I then boned out the Butt and found out that my boning skills suck. I ended up with 2 pieces of Butt, Live and learn. Then I rubbed the cure into the meat and put it in a food savor bag and stuck it in the fridge.
    Here is some Q-view of the starting process.
    We'll see how it is in 7 days, then hopefully I will smoke it next Sunday.
  2. salmonclubber

    salmonclubber Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    your bacon should be fine boning a pork butt is kinda tough it takes practice to get it right thats ok it will still taste great
  3. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    do you have to bone it?

    i mean.......some hams have bone in?
    also.........did you stitch inject? or just using a suface cure?

  4. wilson

    wilson Meat Mopper

    Hi WD,
    I surface cure.
    Is that a problem????
  5. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

  6. wilson

    wilson Meat Mopper

    Interesting Reading.
    I have read through all the posts under the Bacon Heading on this site. I got quite the education [​IMG], there is a lot of info to digest.
    All so I studied the recipes on Deejaydeb's site.
    I guess I could have broke down and sent away for the High Mountain Cure, but were is the fun in that.
    So I took all the info I picked up and sorted out the basic steps and thats where I came up with using the external cure, it's my take on Buck Board Bacon.
    As far as external curing?
    It seems that the external rubs on Butts seem to take 7 to 10 days with a flip of the Butt/Pork Belly/Loin half way through the curing time.
    If I was doing Ham I would have stick injected and used a brine.
    According to the instructions from Morton's, the Sugar Cure it is an external cure, where Tenderquick is more for brining ( but not necessarily in all cases).
    So I just followed the instructions from Morton's for use to make regular bacon with a few more flavors added, I will be trying to make Canadian bacon next week, using the recipe from Morton's and a pork loin.
  7. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    ahhhhhh...CRAP.........thats right......bacon..........CRAP
    my bad.......sorry............bacon not ham..........CRAP wd........READ the thread title............sorry............CRAP

  8. wilson

    wilson Meat Mopper

    Thats OK WD, don't take it so hard [​IMG].
  9. scotty

    scotty Smoking Fanatic

    I have boned about 8 butts in the last two months. Some for sausage and the last one for buckboard bacon.
    I make a cut lengthwise paralell to the and down till i hit bone then using a small very sharp knife, i work my way around to cut the bone out of the butt.

    Is this the correct way??? I DONT KNOW. Its a pain in the butt butt it works.
  10. salmonclubber

    salmonclubber Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    great sausage recipes and meat curing book by rytek kutas has pics of how to do it you may also find something on the web on how to debone a pork butt there also may be instructions in the hi mtn bbb cure i cant remember
  11. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wise decision!

    I sooo agree!

    Not at all. TQ is used in many recipes for a "dry cure".

    Sounds like ya got a handle on it OK... post results!
  12. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Good luck Ron! I'm sure it'll be fine. Sometimes when I use butts I cut it i half for a thinner piece of meat. Thinner buckboard taste more like bacon IMHO. Thicker tastes more like ham.
  13. wilson

    wilson Meat Mopper

    Scotty: Thanks for tip. I'll try it next time.

    SalmonC: Thats were I got the directions to try and d-bone.... I made a mess of it. After I cut around the bone on the round side, but on the blade side of the butt, There wasn't enough meat so I ended up trying to butterfly the bone out.....thats when the war started [​IMG]. Butt 1 Wilson 0.

    Richtee: Thank you for all your help.

    Deejaydebi:Thank you for all the info on your site. I have 2 pieces curing now, 1 thin long strip and one small round piece, so I guess I got the best of both worlds [​IMG]

    I was amazed at the amount of info I was able to get from the Bacon Forum, You all made it sound so easy, I would have never tried this with out all the good info.

    I'll post some Q-view when it's done.
  14. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking forward to seeing your results Wilson![​IMG]
    I cure loins to make canadian bacon using morton's and sugar as a dry cure. I have had no problem with the cure penetrating the meat in 7 days time.
  15. deer meat

    deer meat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have some Canadian Bacon curing in the fridge as we type. I can't wait to get it smokin and try some.
  16. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Well guys just don't forget to show the final pictures and Good luck. Once you've done it once you'll wonder what the worry was about. [​IMG]

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