Pork Belly to Bacon on Lang 36"

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by twoalpha, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic

    Local supplier saved back a nice skinless pork belly for my use for making into bacon. Had told them all summer that I was looking for a thicker meat belly and they came through. Going to follow Bears "Step by Step" for the curing. Cut the whole belly up in 4 equal slabs and cured with TQ and Brown sugar.

    At the end of the cure days pulled the slabs from the refrigerator and rinsed in cold water for an hour before seasoning. One had just CBP, two had CBP, onion, garlic blend, one was left plain. Let them rest in the refrigerator overnight uncovered.

    Had decided to use my Lang reverse flow for this smoke. As it was a bit cool at 40 degrees this morning here in NC started a small fire in the Lang to warm it up to 100 degrees before adding the belly slabs. Plan was to keep the smoker below 100 degrees for the day but also wanted some smoke flavor with out the heat.

    Filled up the A-MAZE-N 12" tube with Hickory Pellets and lit it off and placed it in the Fire Box and let the smoke roll. The tube did its smoke job for six plus hours with great results. With the tube going and the sunshine coming out the smoker temperature settled in around 90 degrees for the seven hours that the bellies were in the smoker. Final belly IT was 81 degrees.

    Pulled them off and let them cool before putting them in plastic bags for a two day rest in the refrigerator. After the two days moved the bellies to the freezer for 3 hours before starting the slicing. This firmed up belly sliced nicely and made some nice packages that were vacuum sealed and ready for the freezer. Held some out for the real taste test for a bacon, pancake and egg meal.

    The bacon was better than expected, great smoke flavor, nice texture and overall awesome. Will be doing this again for sure.



    Started with this 10# fresh Pork Belly

    Nice meaty slab

    Cut the slab into 4 pieces before curing

    Seasoning and ready to rest overnight after curing

    A-Maze-N  12" Tube doing its smoke job.

    Developing some good color

    Holding steady low temperature

    Out of the smoker and ready for a two day rest.

    Slicing day

    Vacuum packed for the rest of the belly 

    Fried up nice and great color and texture

    Bacon, pancakes, and scrambled eggs. 

  2. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    Looks great,

    I've got 10 lb belly curing now. Ill be smoking it this weekend. It's my first try at bacon.
  3. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Larry that looks great glad to see you got some decent belly,I have to try Bears TQ next time I make some should be soon.


  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Job, Larry!![​IMG]--------------[​IMG]

    Now you're hooked!![​IMG]

    Next time try a little heat (100° to 130°), and let me know how you like it.

  5. Great Job Larry!

    [​IMG]Now your addicted to the dry side....

    Keep On Smokin,

  6. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good looking Bacon Larry 👍�
  7. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic


    Mine turned out great hope yours does also. I used the dry cure with TQ. What are you using for cure.
  8. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    I also used a dry cure, but went with cure #1...
  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good choice..... :2thumbs: ...
  10. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic


    Interesting comment on taking the belly to a little higher temperature. What could be expected with this change. 

    I have some BBB that I will be smoking in a couple of days and may try this.

    Thanks for the comments and the point.

  11. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome job! That's some pretty looking bacon. You'll never want to settle for store bought again.

    And again, that's a fine looking knife. Loads of character.
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have found that with a little heat (100° to 130°) the Great color & flavor takes less than half the time as it takes with cold smoking. I found that 8 to 12 hours of light smoke at those "warm" temps gives me the same color & flavor that cold smoking gives in 20 to 30 hours. IMHO

    As for BBB and CB, that's a different story, as I'll use hours of warm smoke (to give it plenty of Smoke), like for the Belly Bacon, but then I'll take the smoker temp up to finish it at between 145° and 150° Internal Temp. Check my Step by Steps for the Smoking Schedule.

  13. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  14. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic


    The TQ and Brown sugar cure worked out great. Straight forward and easy to do.

    Thanks for the point.

  15. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic


    Thanks for the point. Dry cure with TQ worked wonders on this belly.

  16. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic

    Butcher knife is quite old (over 50 years) and maintains a good edge.

    Came from my wife's father's butcher shop, when they used to cut real meat.

  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    That's Great !!

    Gotta Love it !!

  18. mancave

    mancave Newbie

    Bacon looks awesome. [​IMG]

    Great Q view  [​IMG]
  19. catfish1st

    catfish1st Fire Starter

    Great looking bacon, mighty fine job, well done. I love Bears step by step's. Always awesome.

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