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SMOKED BELLY BACON

inkjunkie

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Hello Gary.  Educate me a little here.  As you know I have not yet cured bacon ( plan to very soon ).  I see you own a vacuum sealer.  So why not cure in the vac bags?  Just seems to me cure and the "brine" which is produced would stay in better contact with the meat if vac packed.  I'm sure there must be a reason why folks use zip lock, I just don't know what that reason may be.  Great job on the bacon and fantastic "how to" with pictures.  Thanks for sharing.  Keep Smokin!
Danny
I used the Vacuum Sealer to put the slabs in for curing. Worked well. No risk of sucking the juices out of the bag as long as you get them in the bag quickly.
 

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I want to add a comment to my post. This is without a doubt the best Bacon I have had. Not saying that because I did it, I just followed directions. I notice when I am frying ti up It cooks different than store bought It really looks like Bacon Should, And the Flavor is Fantastic. I smoked it for 10 hours using Pecan and Maple Chunks a real mild smokey flavor. My wife absolutely loved it. I hadn't even finished vacuum sealing all the bags and she was getting the ends to make homemade split pea soup. The smokey bacon really kicked it up a notch Fantastic flavor.
This will be something I will keep all the time.
Here is a picture of breakfast bacon with some Canadian bacon ends thrown in

Looks tasty. Hopefully will be slicing ours tomorrow, depends on how worn out we are from Tamale Day.
 

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Hello Gary.  Educate me a little here.  As you know I have not yet cured bacon ( plan to very soon ).  I see you own a vacuum sealer.  So why not cure in the vac bags?  Just seems to me cure and the "brine" which is produced would stay in better contact with the meat if vac packed.  I'm sure there must be a reason why folks use zip lock, I just don't know what that reason may be.  Great job on the bacon and fantastic "how to" with pictures.  Thanks for sharing.  Keep Smokin!

Danny
Danny

I have a chamber vacuum sealer so their is no danger of getting the liquid in the machine. The bags are cheaper than zip lock so I use it when I cure. I can't say yes or no as to whether it does a better job.

This is a small loin for CB.



Happy smoken.

David
 

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Hey Thanks David for the nice comment and point. I'll be looking at your thread Wife wants to do the pork rind this weekend

Gary
 

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Thanks for the info guys.  inkjunkie I hope to see the step by step with recipe and picts. on those tamales.  Keep Smokin!

Danny
 

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Wow!! That looks fantastic! About time for me to start some more curing!
 

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What didja do with juice? Thought you was to let it soak back into belly.
 

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Dang it Man that looks like killer bacon, GREAT POST!!!!

A full smoker is a happy smoker

DS
 

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What didja do with juice? Thought you was to let it soak back into belly.
Different pieces of meat reabsorb different amounts of the juices.

If you cure for 8, 10, 12, or 14 days, or whatever proper length of time, whatever is left is left.

The important thing is to not dump it out until your curing time is over.

Once the meat is cured, it's no longer needed.

Bear
 

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Thanks Bear.  I had 6 bags, one had very little almost no liquid a couple had some not to much and the rest had the majority,the thicker leaner pieces.  It cured for 10 days

Gary
 

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Thanks Bear.  I had 6 bags, one had very little almost no liquid a couple had some not to much and the rest had the majority,the thicker leaner pieces.  It cured for 10 days

Gary
I know-------I was near East Texas watching over you.


You did an Awesome Job!!

Bear
 

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Gary
Can't believe I am late to this party. What a great job on the Bacon and the step by step. My PC has been giving me problems so I just formatted and reinstalled every thing.Thanks for sharing


 
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Thank's tropics  for the nice Comment and the Point

Gary
 

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Hey Gary! That is one sweet job. It reminds me of the bacon that we used to make in my Dad's shop.

I'll take a stacked bacon sammie with a side of bacon!
 

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