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Well, Huh..... Slight color on pork belly: Bacon Done!

HowlingDog

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Not that I have done a whole lot of bacon, but this is a first for me. Got two pork bellies from Costco. Did my normal dry cure using Cure#1, salt and maple sugar. Also added a couple tablespoons of maple syrup. Put in Food saver bag and closed, but did NOT vacuum seal. I got most of the air out, not all but most.

Let sit for 15 days, turning daily. Pulled it out last night to sit in fridge overnight before smoking today. I noticed a bit of an off color in a couple places. I trimmed some of it off and it appears to be surface color only, where I trimmed it is nice and pink below.
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Have others experienced something like this before? It could be from the syrup? Since it seems to be only on the surface, and there was no off smell to it, I was planning on trimming it off and continuing on with my warm smoking today.

Thanks for reading and any comments/suggestions.
 

HowlingDog

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Oops.... Put in sausage thread..... Was aiming from Hot Smoked Bacon Thread... My bad....
 

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It will turn color as soon as it's cooked.
Won't even know it was there.
I moved this to hot smoked bacon.
Al
 

Electric88

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I can't say I've done bacon with cure #1, only used TQ. But I've heard that as it cures it can look a bit off from time to time. If it didn't smell and was only on the surface I would think it's fine.
 

HowlingDog

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Well, I ended up trimming the off color sections and smoked them up!! Used my A MAZE N tube with a mix of apple, hickory and cherry. Had to refill once. Ran the smoker about 165 most of the time, and then I got distracted, oops. Was on heat for about 6 hours and I do bring the IT up a little higher than others do, about 165 - just because those that like to eat it feel a little better. Not sure they trust cure #1.

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All in all, everything looks and smells good. They are in the fridge for a day or two and then I will fry up a sample. Who am I kidding, there will be bacon in the morning!!

Thanks for looking.
 

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Great color for sure. I am late to this. Sorry. The outside colors when coming out of the cure is normal.
 

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Good looking bacon!
Al
 

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