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What to do with cured belly trimmings?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jeff 1, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    I have a bunch of lean belly trimmings off of some cured pork bellies, about a gallon bag worth. Its mostly meat with little fat. I figure i would just put it on a tray and smoke it but then i got to thinking about makeing a smoked chopped ham. Any ideas or input?
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  3. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Certainly a great idea!  Smoke the pieces up to 150° minimum so they are fully cooked and hand chop or in a blender (or the grinder if you have enough, but you lose what's in the throat as it gets mushed up) and mix in relish and a bit of mayo.  Add to your taste (horseradish, spicy mustard, hot sauce, etc.)  Technically, Cured and Smoked Pork Spread; or generically Ham Spread! 

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    Last edited: Oct 20, 2013
  4. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    I havent weighed it but i bet i have close to 5 lbs worth, i was thinking about putting it in a ham stocking and making a football ham with it. The peices are different sizes from the fist size to thumb size. Maybe even put it in a grinder first so it will bind together? I also have binders for sausage if i needed.
  5. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Use in soups, beans or anything that you would use bacon in or on.

  6. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I save my trimmings and put in 1 lb vac seal packs. use in beans of any type. Dice fine and mix w/ ground beef for meat loaf or burgers. Use it in greens or cabbage . Fry and crumble for salads etc etc etc.
  7. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    I already have tons of bacon ends and smoked jowl in the freezer for normal use. I want to do something else with this since i have a bunch and its already cured (not smoked yet). I may grind and stuff into 22mm casings and smoke for snack stick since it is all lean meat.
  8. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Not sure if your a hunter or have access to venison trimmings, but I bet it would be a great addition to the ground venison.