Taking my first shot at bacon

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Taking my first shot at bacon

Postby sparetimetoys » Sun May 05, 2013 1:27 pm

I have been reading and watching youtube and am giving it a shot. Im sort of basing what Im doing off of this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5m5LKBm ... ata_player

I went to the local butcher and purchased a 6 pound pork belly. I got the plastic cake pan at Wally world for $5.
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Re: Taking my first shot at bacon

Postby sparetimetoys » Sun May 05, 2013 1:28 pm

I went to Lowes and got the rain gutter guard to space it off the bottom of the pan. It was $5 for two sections I only used one.
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Re: Taking my first shot at bacon

Postby sparetimetoys » Sun May 05, 2013 1:29 pm

This is how its cut to fit.
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Re: Taking my first shot at bacon

Postby sparetimetoys » Sun May 05, 2013 1:30 pm

This is how the pre bacon fits in the pan
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Re: Taking my first shot at bacon

Postby sparetimetoys » Sun May 05, 2013 1:32 pm

Put the salt and maple on it
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Re: Taking my first shot at bacon

Postby sparetimetoys » Sun May 05, 2013 1:32 pm

other side
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Re: Taking my first shot at bacon

Postby sparetimetoys » Sun May 05, 2013 1:34 pm

sorry about the multi page post onec I figure out how to put a bunch of photos in one post I will. This is what I used for the Maple. Its in the fridge starting its cure now Ill post an update next monday when it hits the smoke. :salut:
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Re: Taking my first shot at bacon

Postby Jarhead » Mon May 06, 2013 1:49 am

I think I would make a dry or wet cure using #1 or Morton's TQ.
Not to say that this don't work, but the cure will keep it safe and give you a better color.
I prefer skin off, to cure. Cure and flavor won't penetrate from the skin on side very well. Plus you get some pork rinds out of it.
I also cold smoke mine for 24 to 36 hours. Not a fan of hot smoke.
Let us know how it goes.
The last ones that I done were a dry cure for about 10 days, iirc.

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Honey. I put it on about 12 hours before smoking while the pellicle was forming.

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Peppered Bacon is my favorite. Maple and Honey will burn on you if you don't cook it slowly.

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Re: Taking my first shot at bacon

Postby sparetimetoys » Mon May 13, 2013 2:12 pm

Just an update on try #1. It went in the trash with the rest of the stuff that was in the garage fridge when it went out.
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Re: Taking my first shot at bacon

Postby ChileFarmer » Mon May 13, 2013 6:40 pm

Dang, sorry to hear about that. Just don't give up. Homemade bacon is the best. CF :D
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Re: Taking my first shot at bacon

Postby sparetimetoys » Mon May 13, 2013 8:19 pm

ChileFarmer wrote:Dang, sorry to hear about that. Just don't give up. Homemade bacon is the best. CF :D



We got the new fridge and come payday we restock. I'm making a trip over to Hirsch's meat market and but another belly. I'm going to have them cut it in thirds so I can try maple, honey, and pepper.
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