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Pork Belly BACON!!!!

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by moneymike, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    My adventures started about a week ago when I decided to make some bacon.

    I started with about 30 pounds of pork bellies.

    Two fresh whole bellies from the butcher and six smaller pieces that were previously frozen and given to me by a friend.

    I tried some of Excaliber's Bacon Cure. Rubbed the bellies down and set in the fridge to cure for just about a week.

    Yesterday I pulled the bellies out of the fridge and rinsed several times and then soaked for about 30 minutes. I then dried them off and got them ready for the smoker.
     
  2. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    Here are the pork bellies after being put into the smoker.

     
  3. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Yummmmmm. I love bacon.
     
  4. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    I started the smoke around 6pm yesterday evening. I am smoking with a combination of apple and hickory. Here is a picture at the 24 hour mark. How long should I go??

     
  5. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Cold smoke?
     
  6. moneymike

    moneymike Smoke Blower

    Yes cold smoking.
     
  7. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    When I cold smoke 12 hours was enough for me.
     
  8. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Cold smoking, you can go for days. It depends on the wood you're using, and your taste.

    Last time I cold smoked, I used peach for 3 days. It still had a light smokey taste. Could've gone for another day or 2.

    Apple & hickory? I don't know. It just depends on how you like it.
     
  9. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I don't know how people smoke for days.

    I use hickory thou.?????
     
  10. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It's easy with an AMNPS.
     
  11. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Used that with my mes.