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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 07-13-2016, 06:02 AM   #181
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Old 07-13-2016, 06:03 AM   #182
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I went with coconut sugar, black coarse pepper, onion powder and pink salt.
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:01 PM   #183
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:14 PM   #184
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Wow! Making your own bacon. Never heard of that before. How adventurous.

A very good read.

I thought when I saw the title you actually had to slaughter your own pig first.
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:23 PM   #185
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Wow! Making your own bacon. Never heard of that before. How adventurous.

A very good read.

I thought when I saw the title you actually had to slaughter your own pig first.
This is my first time. I've done my fair share of researching, more tips the better.
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Old 07-14-2016, 02:44 AM   #186
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Wow! Making your own bacon. Never heard of that before. How adventurous.

A very good read.

I thought when I saw the title you actually had to slaughter your own pig first.
I actually do that, we raise and slaughter all our own meat
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Old 07-14-2016, 03:34 AM   #187
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No, the water the fire pulls fr the Nelly becomes a pseudo brine. Flip every other day.
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No, the water the fire pulls fr the Nelly becomes a pseudo brine. Flip every other day.
I drained it yesterday, so I'll let it sit for the next 7-8 days in the juice.
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Homemade bacon

Bacon has cured for 8 days. On the smoker as we speak.

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Popped them in the fridge to chill. It'll make it easier to slice. I got the internal temp up to 160.


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Popped them in the fridge to chill. It'll make it easier to slice. I got the internal temp up to 160.


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You know my fat ass took off a chunk lol. It's was damn good, might be a bit smokey though. I used hickory.
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You know my fat ass took off a chunk lol. It's was damn good, might be a bit smokey though. I used hickory.
Trim all four sides of your bacon. Save 'em, use 'em sparingly (they're pretty great in carbonara). The edges are all really smoky.
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I was able to separate 4 saran wrapped bacon servings with 9 slices in each wrap. I have about 3/4 of a sandwich bag full of bits and chunks. Can't wait to fry it up.






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