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brettbrown

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Pork Belly Ideas?
« on: August 28, 2015, 09:13:03 PM »
So Costco started carrying pork belly and I picked one up to cook on Sunday. It's is 9.5 lbs, but I plan on cutting it in half and freezing the half I don't cook. I'm not curing it to make bacon. I've seen a video where a guy smoked it and shredded it. I've seen it baked and braised. Anyone have suggestions on what to do with it?

austin87

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Re: Pork Belly Ideas?
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2015, 09:59:17 PM »
Put a sweet/spicy rub on it and smoke for 3-4 hours. Cut it into cubes, add more sugar, double smoke it and make belly burnt ends.

They will be phenomenal.

brettbrown

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Re: Pork Belly Ideas?
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2015, 06:28:40 AM »
Thanks Austin. That's kind of what I was thinking. Cubed is a good idea.

blieb

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Re: Pork Belly Ideas?
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2015, 07:07:52 AM »
I've got to stop at Costco today to check for belly.  Would be a great first smoke for the WSM 14.5.
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Idahawk

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Re: Pork Belly Ideas?
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2015, 07:38:55 AM »
Sounds great can't wait to see what you come up with . I hope my Costco has em !


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iCARRY

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Re: Pork Belly Ideas?
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2015, 09:57:59 AM »
Hope my Costco has this too.


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butkusrules

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Pork Belly Ideas?
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2015, 10:11:20 AM »
Smoked it twice now , much better flavor cutting the belly into 2 inch wide strips. Also I let it get up to 205. So much fat, it never got close to drying out and the flavor concentrated a bit


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Derrick

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Re: Pork Belly Ideas?
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2015, 10:18:14 AM »
I wish my Costco had pork belly!


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powermatt99

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Re: Pork Belly Ideas?
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2015, 12:09:13 PM »
I'm already anxiously awaiting some pictures of this cook. Those of us in condos are living vicariously through you and you must deliver.

crowderjd

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Re: Pork Belly Ideas?
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2015, 03:05:15 PM »
Costco in Las Vegas has pork belly, both sliced and whole!  But that will be a project for another day!

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iCARRY

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Re: Pork Belly Ideas?
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2015, 05:06:39 PM »
What was the price per pound on the belly? Is the skin still on? Oh I hope my Costco sells it.


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jimmy_dong

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Re: Pork Belly Ideas?
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2015, 05:48:54 PM »
The Costco near me just started carrying pork belly as well. Today was the 1st time I seen it. Picked up 2 10+ # slabs. The skin is still on. $2.69/lb price I think. The 2 I picked were around $20-$21 or so.

brettbrown

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Re: Pork Belly Ideas?
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2015, 07:04:25 PM »
Mine had the skin removed. It is 9.5 lbs and paid around $27 for it. I already threw away the label. I ended up cutting it in half. Going to try and smoke on my mini wsm. Here's a pic rubbed with meathead Memphis dust with a slight variation.
Going to go with a smoke around 225 and see what happens. I'll post pics throughout the cook. Thanks for the replies.

brettbrown

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Re: Pork Belly Ideas?
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2015, 08:32:46 AM »
Threw it on this morning. Using my mini and its a perfect fit (I cut it in half). Using the minion method with 7 fully lit coals to get it going and three chunks of Apple wood.

brettbrown

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Re: Pork Belly Ideas?
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2015, 10:49:58 AM »
About 3 hours in. Temp has been steady around 245. I love this mini!