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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 05-23-2013, 05:47 PM   #106
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Wait to skin until you pull it off the smoker and it will slip right off.
Then you can fry it for smoked pork rinds. Dust the pork rinds with cheddar powder for an awesome snack.

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Old 05-23-2013, 06:35 PM   #107
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Wait to skin until you pull it off the smoker and it will slip right off.
Then you can fry it for smoked pork rinds. Dust the pork rinds with cheddar powder for an awesome snack.

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Disagree here. Not only didn't it slip right off, it toned the flavor down quite a bit bacause the cure doesn't penetrate the skin as easily.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:23 PM   #108
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Looks pretty simple

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Old 05-23-2013, 07:30 PM   #109
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Won't be long now... once it hits 150 we're set.

You have the same thermometer as shown in the YouTube vid.


Perhaps these are just pictures from their site or cookbook your posting?
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You have the same thermometer as shown in the YouTube vid.


Perhaps these are just pictures from their site or cookbook your posting?
I have a thermapen.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:41 PM   #111
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I have a thermapen.
That's cute.
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That's cute.

Good enough?


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Old 05-23-2013, 07:45 PM   #113
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Would you like a picture of the leftover frozen bacon I have in my freezer with my Chiefs cap?
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Good enough?


Photoshopped?
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Would you like a picture of the leftover frozen bacon I have in my freezer with my Chiefs cap?
I would like to see this. Even the best photoshop experts can't pull that off.
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I would like to see this. Even the best photoshop experts can't pull that off.
Nothing better than to troll a bacon thread?
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:52 PM   #117
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Nothing better than to troll a bacon thread?
Now, if you was to send about 10 slices of this stuff to my house I'm willing to taste it and compare to store bought bacon. This is the only way ill believe you.
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Now, if you was to send about 10 slices of this stuff to my house I'm willing to taste it and compare to store bought bacon. This is the only way ill believe you.
OK. I'll drop it in the mail. You go wait by the box for it.
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Disagree here. Not only didn't it slip right off, it toned the flavor down quite a bit bacause the cure doesn't penetrate the skin as easily.
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Are you brining or curing?
I use the salt box method to cure. I have never had a problem with flavor penetration, although I do used both skin on and off.
The minute you take it off the smoker lay it skin side down and run a sharp slicer just on top of the skin (like filleting a fish) the skin should come off easily.

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OK. I'll drop it in the mail. You go wait by the box for it.



How long do I have to wait?
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