Lonely British Bacon Smoker!

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by amy may, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. amy may

    amy may Newbie

    Hello everyone. I am very excited to find this forum. I have been smoking bacon for years and I found this forum while trying to find a good way to slice my bacon thinly. Those big thick slices mean we finish the bacon too quickly! 

    I am from England and have lived in Tokyo for decades. I came to bacon making as I was unable to eat the disgusting stuff they called bacon available in supermarkets here. (that's also the reason I became a baker -- couldn't eat the soft spongy stuff they called English Bread)

    I almost exclusively smoke streaky bacon. That's the English name -- bacon from pork belly. I have developed my own method over the years, which is basically a dry rub consisting of roughly a level tablespoon of salt to each 400g of meat, a little less than half the quantity of sugar and these days sometimes the appropriate amount of prague powder. I used to add different types of dried herbs , juniper berries etc, but I don't find a significant difference in taste. I apply the rub, wrap the meat and leave in the fridge for a week. Then I unwrap it, and let it dry for a day or so before smoking on a tall stove top smoker for about 40 mins for the smoky flavour. I have to smoke at night, as I live on the ground floor of an apartment building, and don't want to risk complaints about smoky laundry! 

    In England we also eat something we call back bacon. I don't know the North American name -- it is made from pork loin. I would love to find a good way to make this, as my experiments have come out rather dry.

    I also want to move on to small hams.. One of the challenges here is that it is impossible to get meat on the bone, or meat with the skin still on. I am always looking for good recipes for small pieces of meat.

    It is wonderful to read posts from people who share the same interests. Here in Tokyo I smoke alone, as it were! In fact smoking food has become quite popular in recent years here and great equipment is now available in cooking stores, so there are obviously people interested! There are also a huge number of books in Japanese on smoking. 

    Current mission -- a bacon slicer which is not too expensive, not massive, and is easy to use. I had a hand driven foldable one, but it didn't do the job very well.

    Thanks for letting me join!

    Amy May
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  3. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the board, Amy! You bring quite a story. Maybe you'll have a laugh at this: I know a Scotsman who gave a hilarious description of his utter disgust at discovering American bacon loaded with sugar. The expression on his face is a precious memory.
  4. smokinal

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

  5. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Welcome and dig right in.. you'll have plenty of bacon fans to join in discussions..
    Pork loin bacon we call Canadian Bacon.. I think 🤔.. Anyway, welcome and stick around.. visit often!


    Oh, and don't just post only in UK.. we need more women in the rest of the world too.. 😉
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2017
  6. amy may

    amy may Newbie

    Hah, Blue Whisper!! You have to remember that the Scots eat their porridge (oatmeal) with butter and salt. I do understand him a little though. I was also surprised by honey or maple bacon when I visited the States the first time.Sweet and bacon don't really go together for Brits, or didn't anyway. It may have changed!
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2017
  7. amy may

    amy may Newbie

    I will post here too! My son lives in Boston, so I am kind of connected! That also means that I can buy equipment in the US and pick it up when I visit him! The voltage in the US and Japan is almost the same, so I want to get a good bacon slicer next time I go!
  8. amy may

    amy may Newbie

    Thanks a lot. Canadian bacon! I wonder why. I suppose the British took back bacon to Canada and it found its way to America.

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