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Bacon! I hope

Susan EgglaineSusan Egglaine Posts: 2,437
edited 3:48PM in EggHead Forum
The raws:
6.3 pounds cut in half, put a tablespoon of Dizzy Pig Firewalk in one batch (have you voted today?)
still raw, plan to smoke next Sunday. Should I soak before? If so how long? Open to any suggestions, first timer here :unsure:


  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    Susan, You'll love it!
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  • WWSisWWSis Posts: 1,448
    In advance...yum! :) :laugh: I don't know anything about it, except how good it is when mark makes it! :laugh:
  • Susan EgglaineSusan Egglaine Posts: 2,437
    The spices smelled good! :)
  • Susan EgglaineSusan Egglaine Posts: 2,437
    I hope it turns out as good as Mark's :) I can taste that BLT now! :)
  • Susan EgglaineSusan Egglaine Posts: 2,437
    Weekend Warrior @ Waldorf 09
  • WWSisWWSis Posts: 1,448
    Susan, thanks! :) ;) That's a great pic! I wish I got to see him more than once or twice a year:(
  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    Hope it comes out well..I'm sure it will...what's up with that date on the package..08/03/10...cant be real based on the way the meat looks..
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Hey Susan, Maybe if you read through this it may help. I will tell you I took Stikes advice and cure for 7 days. What I also did was after the cure time I rinsed the bacon off and placed in a non reactive metal pan and soaked for about 6 hours (I cheated and used aluminum pans but, next time I will get some plastic pans). I never changed the water but should have several times. After the soak I took them out of the water and dried them off. I placed them back into the fridge over night. Then I smoked them.

    Here I Michael Rulhmans wright up.
  • Susan EgglaineSusan Egglaine Posts: 2,437
    yes, got it this summer, just getting around to the project ;) the meat was slaughter that day :)
  • LovenbrauLovenbrau Posts: 307
    Susan, did you travel to Nahunta to get that, I am about an hour from there and would love to get a "belly". Please post the end results. Trying to justify getting a meat slicer for turkey breast, roast beef and definately bacon.

  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    cool...well it looks fine.
  • CrimsongatorCrimsongator Posts: 5,795
    You know it's a good place when the bag even says "pork king"
  • Susan EgglaineSusan Egglaine Posts: 2,437
    Thanks Tim! ;)
  • Susan EgglaineSusan Egglaine Posts: 2,437
    yes, it is out of the way but worth it. Side meat is what they said they use to make bacon. I am not sure how this is differant from a belly?
  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,675
    I'm sure it's gonna be great Susan. Last time I made it I believe I just rinsed it good then back in the fridge overnight. That was with the Hi Mountain cure
  • Susan EgglaineSusan Egglaine Posts: 2,437
    Sounds like a good plan! ;)
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    what recipe are you following?
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    Susan Darlin'

    You are nowhere near a first timer :evil:



    Caledon, ON


  • Susan EgglaineSusan Egglaine Posts: 2,437
    This one:
    2 ounces (1/4 cup Morton or Diamond Crystal coarse kosher) salt

    2 teaspoons pink curing salt #1 (I use this DQ Cure from Butcher-Packer, $2)

    Substitute the above with:

    5 tablespoons of tender quick


    4 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper

    4 bay leaves, crumbled (left out)

    1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (substitute with 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg)

    1/4 cup brown sugar or honey or maple syrup (used the dark brown sugar)

    5 cloves of garlic, smashed with the flat side of a chef’s knife (substitute with 2 1/2 minced garlic in a jar)

    2 tablespoons juniper berries, lightly crushed (optional)(left out)

    5 to 10 sprigs fresh thyme (optional)(substitute 1/4 tsp chopped thyme
    any suggestions???
  • Susan EgglaineSusan Egglaine Posts: 2,437
    Thanks! I think :blink: :blink:
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    That's What I did to Michael Ruhlman recipe.

    I like it pretty good. ;)
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,393
    Susan, I love the name of the butcher shop, Pork King. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    Can't wait to see the finished bacon. Nothing like home cured and smoked bacon. :)
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Rebecca, Did you get to see my final write up on the bacon I made? :huh:
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