Pork bellies!!!! YAAA!!! Bacon!!! The money shot!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by fpnmf, May 4, 2011.

  1. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I thought moving out of the big city was going to be the end of making bacon.

    None of the big grocery stores (Winn Dixie and Walmart) were able to order for me.

    A small store,Twin Lakes, said no problem. Had to order a case. Two bellies 32 pounds. 2.99 per pound.

    These bellies look fabulous!!

    A little higher than my friend uncle Ho in Atlanta but I am a happy guy!!

    Got a couple food grade buckets at the local bakery and I am ready to rock.

    Doing the basic Pops brine.

    2 gallons water

    1 cup salt

    4 cups turbinado sugar

    2 tablespoons pink salt

    A huge dash of garlic powder

    I big shake out of the CBP

    Cut it into 3 slabs and into the brine and off to the 39 degree fridge in the barn.

    Put a gallon bag of water on top before the lid to hold them under.


    About 2 inches thick!



    You will see this again in about 10 days..

  2. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Looking forward to a BLT ! [​IMG]
  3. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Mmmmmmmmmm! Baaaaaaaaaaaconnnnnnnnn!!!!
  4. smokinal

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

    Looks great Craig, been trying to get bellies around here. Haven't found any yet.
  5. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    $2.99/lb. aint' too bad considering the price of meat lately.

    Looking GREAT so far!

  6. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Those are some nice looking bellies. 
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree---nice looking bellies!!!!!!!

    No more Uncle Ho?????

    Oh well, I never did like the one I knew about in the "old days".

  8. shooter1

    shooter1 Smoking Fanatic

    Those bellies should make some awesome bacon Craig. Can't wait to see the finished product.
  9. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    looking good i will be watching this one[​IMG]
  10. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  11. Good looking Bellies.Price is a regional thing.  Go from 2.09-2.79 up here in Maine. Depends on time of year.

    Hoping to do my first bacon this weekend will try to take pictures. Hope yours Bacon turns out good.

  12. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now thoses are some mighty fine looking bellies. Thats the same way I buy mine by the case of 2. Maybe you'll get the other half of that Hog Zilla that I got. Now the ones that you got sure look great thou. ENJOY my brother from another Motha
    Last edited: May 5, 2011
  13. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Bellies...
  14. ok as a member of the hog industry for 10 yrs finally ended last year! WOO HOO.. those are great lookin for sure. but having never made my own bacon I thought it was smoked?
    Last edited: May 5, 2011
  15. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

  16. rosiepug

    rosiepug Fire Starter

    Looks Great!! Looking forward to seeing the finished bacon..:drool:yahoo:
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Stick around---I think Craig will be smoking it on or about May 14th.

    Grab a box of popcorn & join me:


  18. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    To find out how bacon is made starts out with a trip tp the handy dandy search too up top.

    Here's a little reading for you.  http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/search.php?search=making+bacon  

    Also right up above Bear has a great tutorial.

  19. hardslicer

    hardslicer Smoking Fanatic

    I love these educational threads.......can't wait to follow the progress.....and I do love bacon!
  20. smokinal

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

    May 14th?

    Gonna need more than just 1 box of popcorn for this.


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