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Old 12-30-2012, 08:18 AM  
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Homemade bacon

Anyone ever made it?

My brother got me America's Test Kitchen's DIY cookbook (they're the peeps that do Cook's Illustrated), and it includes a good lookin' recipe for homemade bacon that they swear beats the pants off most anything you can buy... plus, since you have it in slab form (which seems to be pretty hard to find unless you order it), you can do nice things like lardons.

Anyhoo, after wandering all over the butcher shops and grocery stores in Montgomery (only one could get it, and it was $8/pound), I asked the meat manager at Publix if he could get any, and he said yes. And it was only going to be $3.19/pound. I went to pick it up this morning and the guy had made a mistake - my 5-pound order was 11.44 pounds, but it was marked at $2.69/pound. The manager said he knew that was more than I wanted, but if I'd take the whole thing, he'd take another 40 cents off per pound.

So I have 11 pounds of pork belly in my fridge, some pink salt on the way for the cure, and a box full of apple wood in my shed. And bacon will be made.

They also have a recipe for pancetta, which I'll attempt at some point, too.

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Old 01-07-2013, 03:21 PM   #61
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FMB, you've got to save a little for just grillin as an appetizer.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:31 PM   #62
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FMB, you've got to save a little for just grillin as an appetizer.
I have 11 pounds curing. I don't think that'll be a problem.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:21 PM   #63
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MO has yet to give us his grandaddy's recipe. We're waiting.

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:25 PM   #64
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I have a friend who smokes his own bacon. He doesn't have a meat slicer though and cutting it is a pain in the butt though.
I wonder if he could take it to a local specialty meat shop and pay them to slice it.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:31 PM   #65
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Do you put the bacon on the foil or on the rack above the foil?
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:41 PM   #66
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Do you put the bacon on the foil or on the rack above the foil?
Rack.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:12 PM   #67
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Rack.
Thanks, that was what I thought, but I was reading it differently.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:48 PM   #68
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Tell me more about these "bacon nuggets" please. What is the process?

Also, are you going to make chicharonnes with that pork skin?
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:49 PM   #69
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Rack.
wait, you guys are saying to put directly on the oven rack? Or some sort of rack that stands on your cookie sheet/foil?

I'm a little slow.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:59 PM   #70
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Here is the order of how it should be from bottom to top.

Oven Rack, Cookie Sheet, foil, bacon.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:26 PM   #72
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:36 PM   #73
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Here is the order of how it should be from bottom to top.

Oven Rack, Cookie Sheet, foil, bacon.
That's what I thought originally.
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they're saying something else though it seems.
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