Slimy film after removing from brine

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by la122685, May 26, 2014.

  1. Hey guys I am very new to this smoking stuff but loving it so far!  I have a WSM 22.5"  as was recommended to me by a friend.  

    Well this is my 3rd shot at doing bacon and my first try curing it in a brine.  I used POPS BRINE.  As the title states when I pulled the bacon from the brine, there was a clear slimy substance that was on the bacon.  There was no foul odor and the color of the bacon looked fine to me.  Just curious if this is normal or should I just not risk it and toss it?  Interested in your opinions.  I am looking to smoke it Wednesday morning if I do go ahead and smoke it.  Thanks in advance for your input.  

    Here is a couple of pics of my first ever bacon that I did a couple of months ago.

  2. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think what you have is called, "Roping". I had it happen once also.  Just wash it off and go ahead with your smoke.

    You'll be Ok.
  3. Chances are good that it's fine. You said it smelled ok & color was good - do you have any pics of the belly you are talking about? How long was it in the brine & did you keep it at fridge temp? It sounds like your brine was just starting to get "ropey" - it's a common thing. Salt drawing out protein from the meat can make slime too. If it was mine & was cured the whole way through I would rinse it off, maybe give it a quick vinegar wipe, form a pellicle & cold smoke it...
  4. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you followed the drill you are good to go.

    I have heard of this before.

    Smoke it and send me any that you think must be discarded.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep all good! Rinse form the pellicle and get to Smokin! Last picnic I did had fuzzy stuff floating on top of the brine. Thought I'd need pitch the whole thing. PM'd pops and said all was good if it smelt good. Dumped the brine replaced with new and finished the brining time. Turned out a great ham!
  6. No I don't have a pic. I can get one later today after I get home from work.  I kept it in my fridge, not sure of the temp though, Ill have too check...   It was in the brine for about 20 days.  Was only planning on doing max 14 days, but my work schedule screwed that up!   I did wipe it down and it is back in the fridge to form a pellicle.  
    I'm sure my family would not appreciate that! LOL.  Hell I barely get to have any and I do all the work. 

    Thanks for the info guys, greatly appreciated! 
  7. That's ok I just wanted to make sure it was at fridge temp & not just sitting in your basement or something - & 20 days in the brine is fine. You should be safe & good to go man  [​IMG]  
    Last edited: May 27, 2014
  8. sweet!  I will post up some pics after the smoke... I have never cold smoked... I have a AMNPS tube, is that all I would need to light?  Or would I need to burn a minimal amount of charcoal?
  9. Nope the AMNPS is all you need to light - you can cold smoke in a cardboard box with it if that's all you had available! Cold smoking is adding smoke at lower temps without heat - you can make great smoked cheese with your tube as well  [​IMG]   but I'd say it might be hard to pull off a true cold smoke in Florida this time of year...
  10. sweet.  Imma give that a try, I was unhappy with how my last bacon turned out... I couldnt keep the temps low enough... I think just to much damn wind off the lake that day.

    I have been wanting to smoke some cheese.  I know its difficult down here, but I have seen people throw jugs of frozen water into the smoker at the same time so maybe that'll 

    be one way to go.
  11. Yup I cold smoke all my bacon - I like it much better that way myself... Any questions when you go to smoke yours feel free to shoot me a PM...
  12. Ur the man thanks dude.  One question right I have now is how long do u normally cold smoke ur bacon for?
  13. I smoke it for as long as the AMNPS burns on a full load of pellets - usually about 12 hours - then rest it in the fridge overnight. The next day I do the same thing & if it has good color I usually stop - if not I repeat. This is the color I shoot for...


    Once it's done smoking I wrap it & let it rest in the fridge for 2 - 3 days before I slice it. The wait makes a big difference in the bacon  [​IMG]  
    Last edited: May 27, 2014
  14. wow that looks amazing! [​IMG]   I have the 12" tube, full I believe it gives off about 4 hours of smoking... I will try that and c what kinda color I come up with.  Thanks again dude!
  15. Thanks man  [​IMG]  

    I meant to say pellets - not chips - in my earlier post. Getting tired lol. You probably won't get much color in 4 hours so you will probably have to refill a time or 2 & see.

    You're quite welcome  [​IMG]   Here is a thread I did on it if it helps any...
  16. I figured that's what u meant.  Hell I'm wondering y anyone is up at this time... Shit I'm only up cuz I am at work lol.   I will do several tubes on Wednesday and c what happens.  Maybe do it again the next day as well. I will look into that thread.
  17. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Cold/cool smoking is great but depending on your taste, does not put a lot of flavor on the meat in less than 10 hours or so. There are guys here that smoke 6 to 12 hours a day for 3 to 7 days. Toss the bacon in the refer, wrapped well, between smokes, you don't want everything in the refer tasting smokey...JJ
  18. Thanks.  I'll give it a shot.  Worse case is I don't dig it and I have to make another batch......  [​IMG]
  19. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    You are welcome. Try putting one or two tube loads on the Bacon, then rest in the refer over night. Next morning, fry off and sample a couple slices with breakfast, exercise caution here too easy to lose control. [​IMG]  If the flavor is good, you are done. If not, put some more smoke on it. Keep track of what you do, temps etc, so the results are repeatable...JJ
  20. Good idea!  This is what I will do. [​IMG]

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