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I've Got alot of Slicing to do

MattBTIMattBTI Posts: 323
I've been busy working on some
batches of bacon. This is the first of many. Mahogany colored bellies are maple, the blackened are pepper crusted. I've got 2.5 more sides to go on this order. 

I really need to scale up. I find my kitchen equipment just isn't cutting it lol. 
Pratt, KS

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  • StussStuss Posts: 75
    I really want to give pork belly a try but not real clear on the process.   Your pics look outstanding and would love to know how you made that pice of magic happen.   Were they skinless pork belly or what?  
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 11,958
    I wonder if you could take those to a butcher and have them slice it up for you for a few bucks. 
  • 20stone20stone Posts: 1,481
    If you are a spendthrift like me, a real slicer is a nice investment:
    http://www.globefoodequip.com/products/slicers/medium-duty-slicers/

    The tradeoff is that a 10" requires folding big bellies to slice, but the bigger models are larger/heavier than you may want if you put it away between uses. 

    We got a Globe G10, and have been very happy with its operation and ease of clean up (a key issue if you want to use it a lot, and also not grow a new colony of bacteria). 
    LBGE since 2008 and a MM from 2016
    Karubeque C-60 Dishwasher (when time is no object)
    Owner of multiple large scale refrigeration devices (sometimes too many)
    Vertically integrated BBQ and charcuterie operator, for recreational use only
    Elicitor of secrets from goats through unconventional methods
    Sourdough bread enthusiast

    Houston, TX

  • MattBTIMattBTI Posts: 323
    @Stuss It's a pretty simple process. a google search of Ruhlman's basic dry cure will lead you to a good start. Once you make the cure, it will keep for a long time in a baggie or container. I use a 5% cure to protein ratio. (5lb fresh belly would use 4oz cure. This way you can use lb, oz, grams, what ever measurement standard you would like. Put the belly in a ziplock, add cure and rub all over, then refrigerate for 6 days is what i've been doing. 

    pull the bellies out, rinse and smoke then slice. smoke at 200F to IT of 150F

    Pratt, KS
  • MattBTIMattBTI Posts: 323
    @AlbertaEgger, I use the same knife. It really does make pretty easy work of it. Less clean up too. 
    Pratt, KS
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 11,958
    lousubcap said:
    @AlbertaEgger - that's some great knife skills right there.  Most eggcellent.
    That would make @cazzy proud 
  • 20stone20stone Posts: 1,481


    I have a slicer, but as mentioned above, I have to fold the belly in order to make a slice, I found a good knife is easier for myself anyways. Its also time for me to start some more, planning on it in the next few weeks.


    I have three issues with your approach:
    1. @20stonespice prefers thinner bacon
    2. I can't slice as well as you
    3. I like toys
    Great knife work there!
    LBGE since 2008 and a MM from 2016
    Karubeque C-60 Dishwasher (when time is no object)
    Owner of multiple large scale refrigeration devices (sometimes too many)
    Vertically integrated BBQ and charcuterie operator, for recreational use only
    Elicitor of secrets from goats through unconventional methods
    Sourdough bread enthusiast

    Houston, TX

  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 2,975
    MattBTI said:
    I've been busy working on some
    batches of bacon. This is the first of many. Mahogany colored bellies are maple, the blackened are pepper crusted. I've got 2.5 more sides to go on this order. 

    I really need to scale up. I find my kitchen equipment just isn't cutting it lol. 
    Very Nice--On My Bucket List--Question for all on the Smoke- seems many shy away from the Cold Smoke Process- Pros Cons?
    Visalia, Ca
  • I'm all about the slicer. I have a 10" Globe as well. Pounds through 20 lbs of back in 10 minutes or so.

    Those are some serious knife skills but I don't have the precision, patience or forearm strength to do that amount of tonnage. 


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  • MattBTIMattBTI Posts: 323
    @lkapigian I hot smoke, I never have cold smoked bacon. I know there are some guys on here that prefer cold smoked. I may try it, but not before this fall/winter

    Pratt, KS
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,485
    Nice looking bacon and knife skills. I too use a slicer but a cheap one.  
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,278
    edited September 2017
    I too, have done the parfreeze slice method.
    And I too, don't like thicker bacon, nor have the patience for it.

    If you're serious about bacon, get a commercial slicer.  Worth it for bacon and aged cheesesteaks alone.
    My 12" #512 Hobart was $300 courtesy of CL, came with an extra knife.  Threw a few bucks to my knife sharpening guy to put a new edge on the knives, some food grade grease and silicone spray, a $90 Craftsman Engine Cart to store it on, and I wheel it out, plug in, and deal.

    You can find nice manuals, slicers are pretty straightforward with mechanics.  Parts can get pricey, if they are missing.

    Takes me 5 min to tear down, 10 min to clean, 5 min to reassemble.   Spray the guides with silicone, mineral oil works in a pinch.
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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 2,975
    MattBTI said:
    @lkapigian I hot smoke, I never have cold smoked bacon. I know there are some guys on here that prefer cold smoked. I may try it, but not before this fall/winter

    Thanks @MattBTI If the end result is the same, guess it would not matter, would think the Hot Smoke has more of a pre cooked texture? I am assuming the fear in the cold smoke is botulism which Cure should take care of
    Visalia, Ca
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 4,937
    I'm surprised nobody offers an accessory sliding tray/carriage for home type meat slicers to cut things like bacon. Seems to be a market for that.
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 6,475
    20stone said:


    I have a slicer, but as mentioned above, I have to fold the belly in order to make a slice, I found a good knife is easier for myself anyways. Its also time for me to start some more, planning on it in the next few weeks.


    I have three issues with your approach:
    1. @20stonespice prefers thinner bacon
    2. I can't slice as well as you
    3. I like toys
    Great knife work there!
    4.  He's lazy.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • 20stone20stone Posts: 1,481
    Foghorn said:
    20stone said:


    I have a slicer, but as mentioned above, I have to fold the belly in order to make a slice, I found a good knife is easier for myself anyways. Its also time for me to start some more, planning on it in the next few weeks.


    I have three issues with your approach:
    1. @20stonespice prefers thinner bacon
    2. I can't slice as well as you
    3. I like toys
    Great knife work there!
    4.  He's lazy.
    That too.
    LBGE since 2008 and a MM from 2016
    Karubeque C-60 Dishwasher (when time is no object)
    Owner of multiple large scale refrigeration devices (sometimes too many)
    Vertically integrated BBQ and charcuterie operator, for recreational use only
    Elicitor of secrets from goats through unconventional methods
    Sourdough bread enthusiast

    Houston, TX

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  • @MattBTI what brand knife are you using? Looks great!
    LBGE Chicago, IL
  • MattBTIMattBTI Posts: 323
    Thats a Victorinox of @AlbertaEgger, I use the same one. Rather inexpensive, but high value item. 
    Pratt, KS
  • MattBTIMattBTI Posts: 323
    In all I sliced and vacuum sealed over 23lbs. I have another two large sides to make. I didn't weigh the sides, but I would guess it to be 15+ lbs each. 
    Pratt, KS
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