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Tommysuver

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Hey guys, i coworker told me about this forum a few years ago but i wasn't really smoking anything as i didn't have a smoker. this year i acquired a little steel drum barrel charcoal smoker and a friend of mine has the 4 rack Jim Beam Bradley electric smoker. we share a seasonal campsite so its amazing that we get to share our toys as well. I've been smoking something every weekend, from chicken wings (my favorite) to brisket. this weekend I'm attempting smoking my own bacon.
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i just prepped my bacon by sitting in a brine for 3 weeks curing (an old European recipe from my grandparents).
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I took it out today from the brine, washed it, covered with paprika, garlic, salt rub and letting it sit in fridge for 24-30 hrs.
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then its smoking time. I'm going to use the Bradley electric smoker and just using smoke without the heat element. i might use heat element just to bring it up to temp but for the majority of time i just want to smoke it and not necessarily cook it. I'll be using apple wood for smoking.

i purchased the sausage hooks to hang the slabs (4 slabs 17-18 inches long) up but I'm worried the thin racks/grills wont be strong enough to hold it together. I'm planning on stacking all 4 of them and then hanging the slabs. i only found 1 person doing it with the sausage hooks. These pictures are off the website i found of someone using the sausage hooks. here is the link if you'd like to see the post https://www.bradleysmoker.com/blog/2014/06/13/fathers-day-special-make-bacon/
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Question: has anyone ever smoked bacon using Bradley hanging them of the rack? let me know.

anyways, happy to be here and ill keep you updated on the bacon after the weekend.

take care

Tommy
 

Brokenhandle

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Welcome from iowa! Doesn't matter much if you hang them or lay them on racks...more personal preference than anything if you have the room.

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jcam222

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Welcome aboard Tommy. Looks like you have some fine bacon ready there. I haven’t used a Bradley but surely someone can offer advice.
 

Tommysuver

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Welcome from iowa! Doesn't matter much if you hang them or lay them on racks...more personal preference than anything if you have the room.

Ryan
Well i kinda want to do them in one batch so thats why i need to hang them. i only have 1 day at the lake as we are going out for a hike the other date and i wouldnt want to leave it smoking while im not there. im sure it would be fine but still. thanks for you input tho.
 

Tommysuver

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Never used a Bradley but first time smoking bacon I did on the rack. Now I always hang my bacon, either way works but I feel like I get more even smoke coverage hanging.

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thats some sexy looking bacon. could you actually post some pictures of your set up. ive been wanting to get a bigger smoker and this looks like something ive been planning
 

JC in GB

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Welcome from Wisconsin. Nice looking bacon right there.

Happy smoking...

JC :emoji_cat:
 

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Welcome to SMF!
Glad to have you join us!
I always cold smoke my bacon on bacon hangers, but that is not to say that is the best way for you to do it. We just like the taste & texture better when cold smoked. But the flavor will be the same whether on a rack or on hangers. The only difference will be the lines on the bacon from the racks.
Al
 
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