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My First Attempt to make Bacon

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by Marianne Kehr, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. So I was kinda nervous about making some Bacon and Read up on it .
    Some I made Maple Peppered Bacon and Peppered Bacon with Pepper Seeds ,
    and yes there was some heat .[​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG]
  2. tropics

    tropics Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Bacon looks good all the bellies I find around here are skinny.
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  3. Looks great! I'll be smoking mine this weekend. Also did the maple pepper last time out and it was really good. Be careful - curing your own bacon gets _really_ addicting, and EVERYONE wants some!
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  4. rexster314

    rexster314 Smoking Fanatic

    I put up 190 pounds of bellies in the cure yesterday
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  5. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks Great, Marianne!
    So many variations to Bacon! I want to get some Pepper Bacon going, and some Maple Bacon.

    daveomak helped get me going with the process's

    I'm curing more of what I call "Disco's Bacon" (Back Bacon, Canadian Bacon). He's a great Canadian chef/contributor here.
    I'm restricted off red meats, so I do a lot of Salmon and Pork.

    Anyway, I got the Bacon Bug and been Maken Bacon for a few months now. Pork is one of my most economical meats around my home.

    Welcome to:
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  6. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Beautiful bacon. Looks perfect!
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  7. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Looks great!

    It is an addict hobby...they aren't joking..!
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  8. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looking Great, Marianne!!
    If I may ask, where did you get your Belly?

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  9. Hi Bear, Got them at Costco in Pennsylvania
  10. Thank you Mr. Disco !!
  11. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    I figured that, but what part of PA?
    Is there one in Bucks County? If so where in Bucks County?
    Like I said on the other Thread, I was born & Raised in Quakertown, and I didn't know we had a Costco around there.

  12. There's a new Costco off of Rte 222
    791 N KROCKS RD
    ALLENTOWN, PA 18106-9046
    (484) 273-7056
  13. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice job on your first try with bacon!
    I think you have a new hobby now!
    Congrats on making the carousel!
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  14. klutzyspuds

    klutzyspuds Meat Mopper

    That looks great. And I bet it tastes even better. Nicely done.

    I may just have to eventually break down and try my first shot at bacon soon. After all it is my name. Yes, really!

  15. tx smoker

    tx smoker Smoking Fanatic

    Oh my dear girl....you are in big trouble :-) You have entered into a realm from which there is no escape. You won't find self-help literature, support groups, or a 12-step program for your new addiction. Ask anybody here who had made their own bacon: once you start, there is no turning back to store bought products. My recommendation would be to get the next batch started immediately and do 2 bellies. The first batch will likely be gone before the second one is ready. My first time I did one belly....the smallest one I could find. After that it was two bellies at a time and the biggest I could find. Now it's always a 20# to 22# batch minimum. It takes just as long to cure and smoke two as it takes to do one.

    Knowing the addiction all too well,
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  16. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    OK---Thank You Marianne!!
    I knew about that one, but I thought maybe there was one down your way, in Bucks County.

  17. bill ace 350

    bill ace 350 Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great!
    Keep experimenting, tr new recipes!
    Check out Pop's Brine, you won't be disappointed.
    His family was in the smoked/cured meat business for years.
  18. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks perfect to me. Great job!!!!

    PS - welcome to the addiction.... and WE are your support group
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  19. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ha, Ha!
    Like a Drug Pusher is a Pharmacist....
    Caution Marianne! LOL! :emoji_laughing:
  20. uncle eddie

    uncle eddie Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow! Looks awesome. Big Like!

    Congrats on making the headlines too!