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Old 12-30-2012, 08:18 AM  
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Homemade bacon

Anyone ever made it?

My brother got me America's Test Kitchen's DIY cookbook (they're the peeps that do Cook's Illustrated), and it includes a good lookin' recipe for homemade bacon that they swear beats the pants off most anything you can buy... plus, since you have it in slab form (which seems to be pretty hard to find unless you order it), you can do nice things like lardons.

Anyhoo, after wandering all over the butcher shops and grocery stores in Montgomery (only one could get it, and it was $8/pound), I asked the meat manager at Publix if he could get any, and he said yes. And it was only going to be $3.19/pound. I went to pick it up this morning and the guy had made a mistake - my 5-pound order was 11.44 pounds, but it was marked at $2.69/pound. The manager said he knew that was more than I wanted, but if I'd take the whole thing, he'd take another 40 cents off per pound.

So I have 11 pounds of pork belly in my fridge, some pink salt on the way for the cure, and a box full of apple wood in my shed. And bacon will be made.

They also have a recipe for pancetta, which I'll attempt at some point, too.

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Old 06-07-2013, 11:20 AM   #136
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that is awesome. Mine turned out good, but salty. I found a cure recipe that has jalapenos in it, thinking of trying that next time.
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Did you use the Crystal Kosher salt?
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:25 AM   #137
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:27 AM   #138
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Did you use the Crystal Kosher salt?

It was Kosher, is Crystal a brand or a type? I will confirm tomorrow exactly what it was.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:39 AM   #139
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It was Kosher, is Crystal a brand or a type? I will confirm tomorrow exactly what it was.
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Yes, I thought I mentioned to be sure to use that brand.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:28 PM   #140
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Diamond Crystal Kosher salt, Diamond is the brand:

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If you've got the freezer space, I'd freeze one of the slabs. You'll learn some things on the first one that you can put to use on the second. And because of the fat content, pork belly freezes really well.

Let me pull out my instructions when I get home. But it was Diamond Kosher salt (not Morton's), cracked peppercorns, some fresh thyme, some maple sugar, pink salt... pretty basic, but darn tasty.

I would also highly recommend skinning the belly BEFORE you cure it.
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Diamond Crystal Kosher salt, Diamond is the brand:
Thanks, blanked on the Diamond.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:39 PM   #142
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Thanks, blanked on the Diamond.
My pleasure, sir, and congratulations on your interview.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:25 AM   #143
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Here's the blog interview: http://www.americastestkitchenfeed.c...kes-diy-bacon/
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:33 AM   #144
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Now my blog post on the bacon is up.

http://recipenotincluded.com/2013/06...acon-omnomnom/
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Just ordered some pink salt yeaterday. Hopefully it gets here this weekend.

I'll be trying this myself, I'm goin to use the DIY recipe, but adding about 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper for a little heat. I'll post pics when everything gets here.
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Just ordered some pink salt yeaterday. Hopefully it gets here this weekend.

I'll be trying this myself, I'm goin to use the DIY recipe, but adding about 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper for a little heat. I'll post pics when everything gets here.


I made some last week at the wife's request. Ended up with about 4 pounds of brown sugar cured, hickory and apple wood smoked bacon. It's the best one I've made yet.
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I made some last week at the wife's request. Ended up with about 4 pounds of brown sugar cured, hickory and apple wood smoked bacon. It's the best one I've made yet.
Are you finding it cost effective, or would you have to increase the amount to reach that point?
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I made some last week at the wife's request. Ended up with about 4 pounds of brown sugar cured, hickory and apple wood smoked bacon. It's the best one I've made yet.
You cured it with brown sugar?
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