pork belly

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by clermont, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. clermont

    clermont Newbie

    Pa.
    I just picked up about 3 lbs. of pork belly to test in small quantities.Can it be cured it by rubbing canning salt into it?If so how long will it take?Thanks.
     
  2. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I would say yes and it should be done in a day or two depending on the thickness.

    Just out of curiosity.......why just salt?
     
  3. clermont

    clermont Newbie

    Pa.
    What else should I include with the salt.I had the canning salt already and was just looking at saving a store trip.
     
  4. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    (in general)
    Canning salt is just pure salt.It can be used in place of kosher and sea salt. It has a finer grain so when substituting with canning salt, Use 1/2 the amount.
     
  5. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Add some sugar to cut the saltiness. I have used just a 50/50 mix of salt and brown sugar on more than one occassion and other than being a little bland it worked just fine.

    Really you can add most anything from pepper to juniper berries to alter the flavor some. I am still in the learning stage on the bacon side, but have done several batches and am experimenting a little more each time to try to find a flavor I really like.

    If it is something you are going to keep doing, I would recommend ordering some instacure/prague powder etc........it will extend the life of your bacon in the fridge.

    Good luck........and even if you go straight salt, it won't kill you.......just might be saltier than you had in mind.
     
  6. payson

    payson Meat Mopper

    I'd add some sugar or molasses or even honey. Maybe some black pepper as well. Not a necessity, just a preference.
     
  7. clermont

    clermont Newbie

    Pa.
    Thanks for the help.Do I rub it in once and leave it for the duration or apply more than once.Should it be ziplocked or open air?This is still very new to me.
     
  8. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Should just rub it once and wrap it. The salt will draw the moisture out so placing it in a pan is a good idea too.
    Good luck with it!
     
  9. payson

    payson Meat Mopper

    You'll want to soak it for awhile in cold water prior to smoking it too. Takes some of the saltiness out. As a rough guide you can soak an hour or two and then pan fry a small piece you slice off and see if the level of saltiness suits you.
     
  10. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    I believe richtee Vac Paks his.
     
  11. smokin for life

    smokin for life Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I'm still wondering where you found Pork Bellies? I've been looking for them since I joined this fourm.
     
  12. clermont

    clermont Newbie

    Pa.
    Is there a specific amount of salt that needs to be used?I can't find info anywhere.
     
  13. cajunsmoker

    cajunsmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Check your local Asian food markets.
     
  14. wilson

    wilson Meat Mopper

    Smokin for life: I buy mine at Shady Maples Farm Market out near Adamstown PA.
    Not too bad of a ride from Philly. They also have great prices on Brisket and Ribs, and have weekly specials on cryo's of meat.
    Ron
     
  15. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just cover all sides, even press it in a bit. Think along the lines of doing a heavy rub.
     
  16. golfnut

    golfnut Fire Starter

    You might want to check with your favorite restaurant. I exhausted all the grocery stores here and even a butcher shop, no luck. Then I was talking with a good friend who is a local Chef here, and though to ask him about it. He typed in his computer and about 15 seconds later he told me sure, no problem. So now I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 47lbs or so of pork bellies on the way for just $53!
    Just another avenue to pursue that may have been overlooked.
     
  17. cajunsmoker

    cajunsmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'll have to check into that. That price sure beats the $2.99 I'm paying at the Asian market.[​IMG]
     
  18. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    i just posted a thread where i found bellies.......Mexican gorcers........2.09/lb
     

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