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avega2792

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Homemade bacon
« on: June 22, 2021, 05:45:04 AM »
Iíve made bacon at home since this past winter since I could easily cold smoke it in the Chicago winter, but have since switched to curing with hickory smoked sea salt (also homemade) and itís the best bacon Iíve ever had. Itís easier since I can smoke salt year round and the flavor is still top notch! I tried hot smoked bacon and I wasnít a fan so Iím stoked I can still make great bacon even in the warmer months.

1 tbsp smoked salt
1 tsp celery seed (or curing salt measured for weight)
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp smoked paprika

All measured ingredients are per pound. Cure in a vacuum sealed bag for 2-3 weeks, turn over daily so liquid can evenly cure pork belly. After curing period allow an equal amount of time to rest, the longer it rests the better the end product will be. Slice and enjoy!


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JEBIV

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Re: Homemade bacon
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2021, 06:13:01 AM »
damn that's good looking bacon !!
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avega2792

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Re: Homemade bacon
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2021, 06:24:31 AM »

damn that's good looking bacon !!

Itís delicious and Iím not just being biased because I made it. Iím still learning the process. I made this batch about a month ago but I made the mistake of sampling it straight after curing and it was borderline inedible and didnít look or even taste like bacon either, but it rested for a couple weeks and now itís amazing! My dad raises hogs in California for fun so he wants to try making some too. Iím out here for a visit and heís learning a thing or two from me ;)


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Dc_smoke309

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Re: Homemade bacon
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2021, 11:51:31 AM »
Man that would be amazing on a BLTÖ. 🤤


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michaelmilitello

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Re: Homemade bacon
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2021, 04:22:57 AM »
Looks awesome.  My brine is similar.  I sometimes use a little water and maple syrup for sweetness.   A shot of bourbon adds a interesting hint of smokiness. 


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Mr.CPHo

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Re: Homemade bacon
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2021, 05:47:56 AM »
Looks awesome!  Thanks for sharing that technique.

AZ2FL

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Re: Homemade bacon
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2021, 06:33:49 AM »
Bacon looks awesome! Youíll have bring some to the Chicago wkc meetup.

 Over the years Iíve wet & dry cured pork bellies, pork loin, pork shanks  and pork shoulder with Prague #1.  Iíve researched using celery seeds and celery juice powder. Thou Iíve never used either.

Thanks for sharing!
Cheers

avega2792

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Re: Homemade bacon
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2021, 01:26:56 PM »

Bacon looks awesome! Youíll have bring some to the Chicago wkc meetup.

 Over the years Iíve wet & dry cured pork bellies, pork loin, pork shanks  and pork shoulder with Prague #1.  Iíve researched using celery seeds and celery juice powder. Thou Iíve never used either.

Thanks for sharing!
Cheers

Definitely will bring some to the meet up. Iím visiting family and brought about 3 lbs with thinking it would last a good couple weeks, but it was almost all gone by the second day!


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avega2792

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Re: Homemade bacon
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2021, 01:28:37 PM »

Looks awesome.  My brine is similar.  I sometimes use a little water and maple syrup for sweetness.   A shot of bourbon adds a interesting hint of smokiness. 


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Iím smoking more salt as soon as I get back home and making another batch. Iíll have to try it with some bourbon, thanks for the tip!


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avega2792

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Re: Homemade bacon
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2021, 01:29:06 PM »

Man that would be amazing on a BLTÖ. 🤤


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I love me a good blt!


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