Third batch of bacon started.

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by link, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. link

    link Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    So this is my third batch of bacon in a little over a year (I think) at 20 lbs each batch. Is that a bad thing? I have not bought bacon from the store since I started making it myself and my wife lets me know as soon as it starts running low.

    I follow Bears dry rub method (thanks Bear!) and it comes out great every time. So here are the pictures of the start, there will be more to come it about two weeks.

    Two bellies (from Costco)

    Belly number 1 - 10.20 Lbs

    Belly Number 2 - 9.43 Lbs

    Each Belly cut into three pieces, Weighed and then the proper amount of Tender Quick and Brown Sugar measured and plated with each piece.

    Each piece is rubbed first with the TQ and then with the BS on a sheet of freezer paper. Then put into a zip lock bag with anything that fell off (got to keep the ratios correct) and then into the fridge.

    Sorry I did not take a picture of this all bagged up as they went into the fridge as i did each piece.

    So now we wait......

    Thanks for looking 

  2. link

    link Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    OK, I finally got around to finishing up this batch of bacon. Came out fantastic (i think the best batch yet and the wife agrees). It cured for two full weeks and then got into a smoker.

    Fry test and it was well received by the wife so we were good to go. 

    This is after four 5 hours of smoke (hickory).

    It then sat for a day and got another 8 hours of smoke (hickory).

    Here is is all sliced up ready for packaging.

    Close up of one of the piles.

    First one packaged and ready for the freezer. My son left for college so i did all in 1/2 lb packs. I got a total of 33 1/2 lb packs out of this batch.

    Thanks for looking.

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  3. smokinal

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

    Nice job Link!

    That's some real good looking bacon!

  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Excellent Job, Link!![​IMG]----[​IMG]

    Beautiful Bacon!![​IMG]

    Great Pics too!![​IMG]


  5. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks like you have it down!

    Once you start making your own, it's really hard to go back to the stuff from the store.
  6. bena

    bena Meat Mopper

    Great bacon and Great Beer choice Sir.
  7. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Nice looking bacon, link!
    Glad to see I'm not the only one who relies on the Mrs' approval on my projects!
  8. That is some great looking bacon. I'm waiting for my first batch (4#) to cure. Then smoke.

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  9. torp3t3d0

    torp3t3d0 Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Picked up 2 bellies from Costco this morning....$2.39 a pound.....making them into pancetta.......used to pay $2.79 at Costco....lowering the price is good.
  10. Wow. I'm envious of that price!

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  11. link

    link Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Post some steps and pics of the Pancetta process. I would like to see that.
  12. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Beautiful bacon, Link!


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