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Old 12-30-2012, 09:18 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 10-16-2015, 10:55 PM   #166
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There's a relatively new BBQ joint here in Springfield called City Butcher &BBQ.

They have pork belly as a regular menu item. It tastes like heaven, but while I'm eating, it also tastes like I might just be eating raw hot bacon. Tasty though.
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Old 10-17-2015, 06:04 AM   #167
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Pancetta, it is cured but not smoked.
I've thought about that. Was really wanting to something that didn't involve curing the belly, though.
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Old 10-17-2015, 06:05 AM   #168
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Has anybody used raw sugar in the cure? I think that would be a good in a cure?

How about peppered bacon?
Never used raw sugar. The last batch I did, I used maple sugar. And it was good, but that maple sugar is bloody expensive and there wasn't near enough maple flavor from it.
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Old 10-17-2015, 06:59 AM   #169
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There's a relatively new BBQ joint here in Springfield called City Butcher &BBQ.

They have pork belly as a regular menu item. It tastes like heaven, but while I'm eating, it also tastes like I might just be eating raw hot bacon. Tasty though.

Love city butcher.
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:10 PM   #170
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Tomorrow will be smoking of the bacon. I have an electric I got for free a few years ago, but I've never been really impressed with anything I've taken off it. So I think I'm going to smoke in the Weber kettle.
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Old 05-08-2016, 07:58 AM   #171
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Just put 10 pounds of pork belly in a cure. Next weekend will smoke it in my new pit barrel.
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Old 05-08-2016, 08:00 AM   #172
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My Costco has started carrying pork belly, too. That's awesome. Good price, AND it's already been skinned.
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:06 AM   #173
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You will now need to start a Whats for breakfast? Here's mine. It is many peoples favorite meal including mine. Just not as wide a variety I suppose.
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Old 05-08-2016, 03:38 PM   #174
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You will now need to start a Whats for breakfast? Here's mine. It is many peoples favorite meal including mine. Just not as wide a variety I suppose.
We won't discriminate. Post up the breakfast, bud.
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Is it okay to cut the belly in half before the curing process or will be ruined?
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It's fine. Done that every time but once. Keep in mind, once you cute and smoke, the cut edges are going to be stronger flavored. You'll want to trim them off more than likely.
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It's fine. Done that every time but once. Keep in mind, once you cute and smoke, the cut edges are going to be stronger flavored. You'll want to trim them off more than likely.


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