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Did my first attempt at bacon get ruiner before it got started?

Ordered  a 5# pork belly from my butcher.  They were very busy filling orders for their fresh smoked ham.  Because of this I didn't look at the belly before I got home.  He sliced the belly.  Can I still cure and smoke?  I think I could tie the pieces together for the cure, but my concern would be the hot smoking.  Can I smoke the tied pieces to an internal temp of 150?  Can I still make bacon or should I get ready to make some dishes with this belly and order another whole belly?

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  • yep.Just render off the fat and save it for something else. Fresh bacon is nasty.

    I did the same thing a few months back.


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    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
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  • I went ahead and called him back and he got another belly ready for me.  I guess that's the benefit of having a butcher that slaughters on Wednesdays and his shop is only open Thursday - Saturday.  He also only charges 3.99/lb for the whole belly.

  • I went ahead and called him back and he got another belly ready for me.  I guess that's the benefit of having a butcher that slaughters on Wednesdays and his shop is only open Thursday - Saturday.  He also only charges 3.99/lb for the whole belly.


    Awesome. Did he take the other back?
    1- LGBE
    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
    1-Very Understanding and Forgiving Wife
  • and $3.99 is very expensive for whole belly. That's what I pay at Whole Foods and they are not known for great value :)). I don't have an asian or mexican grocery anywhere close so I pay the boutique prices for the same stuff.
    1- LGBE
    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
    1-Very Understanding and Forgiving Wife
  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,547
    and $3.99 is very expensive for whole belly. That's what I pay at Whole Foods and they are not known for great value :)). I don't have an asian or mexican grocery anywhere close so I pay the boutique prices for the same stuff.
    2.50 here but I have to take an interpretor those get costly
  • Actually, I look at the wrong meet on the receipt.  8lbs of belly for 20.09 with tax, so around 2.50/lb and no interpretor needed.

  • Is that a CSU logo as our avatar?  Did you graduate from there?

     

  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,547
    Yes 2005. Don't live in co anymore but am I am trying to get back someday.
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