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More bacon!!!

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by bacon_crazy510, Jan 17, 2019.

  1. bacon_crazy510

    bacon_crazy510 Fire Starter

    "It's been while."

    "I don't know why it's taken so long..."

    Thoughts that go through my head.

    The wait is over. But it just began!

    I started some belly curing in Pop's brine recipe, with the addition of maple extract and some "black forest seasoning" I found on another site. It includes:

    White pepper
    Ground nutmeg
    Ground mace
    Ground cardamom
    White sugar

    Now the (long!) 2 week wait begins, along with a few days more to air dry prior to smoking. As always, thanks to @pops6927 for the brine recipe.
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  2. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well now, there ya go!
    I just pulled my Disco's Peppered Back Bacon from the smoker last night.
    It's in my little curing fridge aging today. I'm happy with it so far.
    I came to the conclusion it takes me ~ 25 days per bacon,
    Belly or Canadian (Back Bacon) style.
    I cure for 14 days, too. Pelical for 1 to 5 days. Cold Smoke, and then age for another 5-6 days. Slice, package....
    And start all over again.

    Keeps me busy. LOL!
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  3. fivetricks

    fivetricks Smoking Fanatic

    Hmm. I'll have to look into that black forest seasoning. I've got to up my mace and cardamom game. Those are 2 seldom used spices from my entirely way to large spice assortment.
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  4. bacon_crazy510

    bacon_crazy510 Fire Starter

    Here are the measurements @fivetricks. This is a great rub/seasoning. I've smoked loin bacon with it, and it was great. Credit for this goes to another site where they made "black forest maple bacon".

    Black Forest Spice Mixture:

    125gm White pepper
    25gm Ground nutmeg
    25gm Ground mace
    15gm Ground cardamom
    200gm White sugar
  5. mushroomboots

    mushroomboots Newbie

    This is pre brined in a salt mixture?
  6. bacon_crazy510

    bacon_crazy510 Fire Starter

    Man ... the wait is killing me. Thursday morning I'll pull the belly sections from the brine, dry them, and let them air dry on a rack in the fridge for a few days to form a pellicle. Saturday morning I'll smoke them. Pictures to follow....
  7. bacon_crazy510

    bacon_crazy510 Fire Starter

    Out of the brine, the belly will air dry for a few days. I plan to cold smoke it early on Saturday. I've got 2 sections of belly here.

  8. bacon_crazy510

    bacon_crazy510 Fire Starter

    Let the slow cold smoke begin .... I'm using a mix of 2/3rds corn cob and 1/3rd cherry/maple that I mixed myself. The wait continues....

  9. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Almost the wait is getting shorter hope you weren't out that seems to make the wait longer.

  10. bacon_crazy510

    bacon_crazy510 Fire Starter

    I cold smoked the bacon last Saturday, and have left it in the fridge for a week to rest. Here is the final product....

    It has a nice, mellow smokiness, and the perfect level of salt and sweet. I pick up slight hints of the spices, but no maple flavor to speak of. Overall I'm very happy with this, and will start more soon. Thanks again @pops6927 for the brine recipe, and the inspiration to use the corn cob pellets.

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  11. for me it takes about 5 weeks to make "pancheta style bacon. ..
    2 - 3 weeks dry salting
    12 hrs desalting in cold water
    1 day dripping
    2 weeks cold smoking @ 14 - 18 C (60F)...very light, kind of see trough smoke...
    first two days 12 hrs smoking with 12 hrs resting and then 12 days at 3 hrs smoking and 21 hrs resting..
    after cold smoking is done it goes on air drying for 2 - 3 weeks.. consumed raw...
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2019
  12. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome looking bacon.

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  13. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the like bacon crazy510 it is appreciated.