Smoked some fresh pork bellies... Qview

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by motoman3b, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. motoman3b

    motoman3b Fire Starter

    Worked out a deal this year, butchered a couple deer for a guy in trade for a pig so these bellies were probably the freshest you can get.  Smoked with a mix of hickory and apple.  Turned out great!
  2. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks like your links are broken I get page not found error. [​IMG]
  3. motoman3b

    motoman3b Fire Starter

  4. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What cure did you use for those? Did you season at all or just go bare and let the smoke do all the flavoring?
  5. motoman3b

    motoman3b Fire Starter

    Did a dry cure with mortons sugar cure, and yes they were bare in the smoker, I dont like to season things more then they need to be.  The one belly I did pour some pure maple syrup in while it was curing and it complemented the bacon very well added a hint of maple flavor!
  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks real good from here!
  8. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It looks really good 
  9. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks great :drool
  10. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking good. I'm smoking a few bellies this weekend for the first time. So what was your smoking process? Hot or cold smoked, what temps, how long, etc.???
  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    They look good from here 
  12. motoman3b

    motoman3b Fire Starter

    Cold smoked, kept the smoker around 100 degrees for about 10 hours using a mix of apple with a little hickory mixed in.  After it smoked I let it rest in the fridge overnight before slicing.  Going to be getting another pig in a month or two which is good cause this bacon sure isnt going to last.  I also make a ground and formed venison bacon so thats on my to do list sometime soon as well.
  13. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Nice bacon you have there.
  14. I'm doing my first pork belly in a couple of days , i'm going with 200f untill an iT of 150 , but I'm not sure if I should use water or not. Any ideas?


  15. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Are you going 200* because your not using a cure? and yes if your going to go that hot a water pan will keep the fat that will render from dripping into your heat source and causing a fire or flare ups.
  16. I did use a cure , I was following Michael Ruhlmans directions

    So I take it 200 is too hot , I can change that, I'm not doing it till thurs now as it seems I can't remember when I supposed to be at work.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  17. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That cooking at 200*F is probably an Insurance policy that Mr. Ruhlman added because he has no idea who is reading his info. It lets you eat the Bacon right out of the refer with no further cooking, like BBB or CB. If you Always cook your Bacon before eating it, cold smoke it at <100*F until it gets a nice color, may be 10+/- hours...JJ
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  18. Thanks for the info, I didn't realize I was in the cold smoke forum, I did a search to avoid starting a new thread. I like to eat it both ways so I'll have to decide which way to go.
  19. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I don't think the forum you are posting in is what prompted Chef JJ's response.   Dave I don't know how much experience you have with bacon but most of us cure with either a brine or dry cure and then cold smoke.  Some of us smoke for a couple of hours some of us smoke for a couple of days.    I've never hot smoked bacon but I know a bunch of members do and they seem to be pretty happy with their results.  

    Good luck,   when you get it going post some Qview!  

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