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My first attempt at bacon

ZmokinZmokin Posts: 1,937
I'm trying to make my own bacon for the first time.  Does anyone have any experience with "Buckboard Bacon Cure"?
I got a box of their cure for my birthday.  They mention using shoulder, but I went ahead and bought some pork belly.
it still had the skin on, so I removed the skin and made some chicharones with it.  The pork belly is in the fridge curing, I guess I have a week to let it cure before I try smoking it.

Any advice will be welcome.

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  • 20stone20stone Posts: 1,481
    I don't know that cure, so have no specific advice on that.  Depending on the salt content of the rub, you will want to rinse and soak the belly before you smoke it.  You can cut a little piece and fry it as you soak to get it to where you want it.

    Second, I strongly prefer cold smoking over hot smoking.  It puts more of the onus on you on how you handle the belly (bug wise), but gives you a better product.

    Bacon is one of the great "I did this MYSELF MFers" things, and is great because, like sausage, if you don't like the recipe you used, you can change it next time.

    Show some pics when you are slicing it up
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