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WEBERNV

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School me on Bacon
« on: January 03, 2019, 05:27:30 PM »
I am gonna try my hand at some Bacon. I got 5lbs of belly from our local butcher. I am planning on a wet brine using Cure #1. Been doing a lot of reading about the cure so I am not too concerned with that aspect, really wanting help with the smoke. I have a A-MAZE-N expandable smoker tube and pellets that I am planning on utilizing for cold smoking. Just not sure how long to smoke, what temps I want to maintain (assuming as cold as I can, we are looking for flavor not cooking, right?) Etc. I am sure we got some Bacon experts here, anyone care to share their secrets?

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michaelmilitello

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School me on Bacon
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2019, 06:47:13 PM »
Hi.  Iíve cured and smoked quite a bit of bacon.   I use the recipe on the amazingribs.com website.  Andrenaline BBQ also has a video on YouTube using that recipe hot smoking on the slow n sear.   Super simple process.   The ingredients are all in your cupboard.  recent slab of mine before cooling and slicing.   If you use the maple syrup recipe, do not fry your finished product at higher temps or you will burn the sugar. 

Also, Iíd advise against cold smoking.  You can get good results hot smoking at 225.   Just keep the temps low and go to 145 internal. 


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« Last Edit: January 05, 2019, 06:52:55 PM by michaelmilitello »

Darko

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Re: School me on Bacon
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2019, 07:04:28 PM »
I've only ever made cold smoked bacon. Basically cured for 10 days, then cold smoked for seven days, then hung to dry for a month at least.

michaelmilitello

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Re: School me on Bacon
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2019, 07:15:02 PM »
I've only ever made cold smoked bacon. Basically cured for 10 days, then cold smoked for seven days, then hung to dry for a month at least.
Itís absolutely fine to cold smoke.   I think it takes more knowledge and experience from a food safety perspective than hot smoking. 


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WEBERNV

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Re: School me on Bacon
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2019, 06:13:55 PM »
Well, I am soaking 10 lbs in a wet brine now, expecting to take it out in 10 days or so. Then figuring a cold smoke for 6 to 8 hours using my A-MAZE-N tube and apple pellets. I will fill you all in on my progress.

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WEBERNV

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Re: School me on Bacon
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2019, 07:26:00 PM »
Well, followed my plan above. Cold  smoked some in apple, and some pecan for roughly 6 hours. Used my brother in law's 26 and smoker cabinet, both with A-MAZE-N smoker tubes. Sliced today and packaged. Turned out awesome, I may have found a new obsession! I will take some cooked picks another time.

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WEBERNV

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Re: School me on Bacon
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2019, 07:52:40 PM »
In the smoke

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