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  1. #1
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    Default 50 lbs of bellies and 10 days of cure equals Bacon Bliss!!

    Bacon, Bacon, Bacon!!!


    Started with approx. 50 lbs of pork bellies. Cut each belly into 1/3's so that I could seal them in a gallon ziplock nicely with the cure. After trimming I ended up with about 44 lbs. No fear, that extra 6 lbs all went back into the freezer for this years SausageFest Party.

    Here is the stack all trimmed and ready for the cure.



    I used 2 different recipes - one being just a mix of tender-quick and brown sugar and the other was using TJohnson's brown sugar cure recipe. Here is a pic of some of the slabs with the brown sugar cure.



    After 10 days in the fridge I removed them and did a good rinse and a test fry and decided to soak for 30-45 mins. Sampled again and it was good to go! Here is a shot of all the slabs laying out to dry before going into the smoker. 1/2 of the batch that was just the tender-quick and brown sugar I added some fresh cracked black pepper.



    Into the smoker @ 100 with no smoke to finish drying.



    to be continue

  2. #2
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    Default more bacon bliss....

    After an hour I started the AMNPS loaded with a blend of Hickory, Cherry, and Maple and lit it at both ends.



    Here is a shot about 4 hours into the smoking.



    7 hours in... bumped the heat to 120 for a little more color.



    Finally out after just under 12 hours of smoke. Let them rest for an hour and then into the fridge to firm up.



    Here is 1/2 the batch after 2 days in the fridge.



    Slicing -



    Here is 1 tray ready to be packaged.



    Packaged and ready for the freezer.

    Last edited by Tatonka3A2; 10-30-2012 at 10:23 PM.

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    That is SUPER!

    What is an AMNPS?

    Did you use any hat during the 12 hours or just cold smoke?

    What brand of slicer is that?

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    that is a lot a bacon and it all looks good!!!
    Weber 26.75 OTG,Weber 22.5 Blue Performer, Weber 22.5 OTG with Weber Rotisserie, UDS, 18.5 " WSM,Weber Jumbo Joe

    John

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    Nice job !!! That looks like some really good eating bacon.
    Jim

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    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokyOkie View Post
    That is SUPER!

    What is an AMNPS?

    Did you use any hat during the 12 hours or just cold smoke?

    What brand of slicer is that?
    The AMNPS is the A-MAZE-N-PELLET-SMOKER(AMNPS) - love this product!!

    Started the cook at 100 and then about 1/2 way thru bumped it to 120 for a little more color.

    The slicer is a Berkel.
    Last edited by Tatonka3A2; 10-31-2012 at 08:10 AM.

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    You had me at the first BACON .. then you completely stole my heart with the other two. Ya'll did some excellent work with that whole process. I love bacon

    I've been saying for years I'm gonna cure my own bacon and never do. Thanks for more motivation and some really, REALLY tempting pics!
    Plank Owner ..................
    I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian!



  8. #8
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    Great pix and I'm sure the bacon is top notch!
    Thanks for posting!
    ~Brian~
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    Awesome!

    I'm in bacon heaven!!!
    Paul

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    Mistakes - It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.

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