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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, 10:45 PM   #76
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Yep. I'm doing it that way next time. I used to only cook a big breakfast maybe once or twice a month on the weekend, but my girlfriend loves breakfast and is always hooking up some good shit on weekends. I'm usually stuck cooking the bacon though. And cooking sausage/making gravy for B&G.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:40 AM   #77
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Here is the order of how it should be from bottom to top.

Oven Rack, Cookie Sheet, foil, bacon.
Not how I do it. Oven rack, cookie sheet, foil... INSIDE the cookie sheet, put a cooling rack like this. Then put the bacon on the cooling rack. Keeps it from sitting in the bacon grease.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:51 AM   #78
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Day 5. The pork belly has lost quite a bit of liquid, which has turned the cure into a marinade of sorts:

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Old 01-11-2013, 07:52 AM   #79
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I have 11 pounds of this stuff. That's a lot of bacon. I'm thinking of smoking half, and finishing the other half in the oven for unsmoked bacon (which is a more of a UK thing).

Thoughts?
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:44 AM   #80
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I have 11 pounds of this stuff. That's a lot of bacon. I'm thinking of smoking half, and finishing the other half in the oven for unsmoked bacon (which is a more of a UK thing).

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:06 AM   #81
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Bacon, trimmed and ready for the smoker. I've got some hickory and cherry wood. Getting ready to fire it up.

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:18 AM   #82
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:13 AM   #83
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Bacon, trimmed and ready for the smoker. I've got some hickory and cherry wood. Getting ready to fire it up.

So after it is smoked will you slice it and put it in packaging and freeze it?
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:53 AM   #84
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So after it is smoked will you slice it and put it in packaging and freeze it?
Some of it, certainly. Even after skin and trimming, I have like 8 pounds.
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Holy crap. If you need me, I'll be in a bacon-induced coma.

Sweet, salty, smoky, bacony. I wonder if my doctor will OK this as part of a healthy diet if I bring him a slab?

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This is seriously every bit as good as any store-bought bacon I've had. Now, I've never tried any of the artisan bacons out there, but damn... I recommend doing this. It's easy, and it's WONDERFUL.
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Holy crap. If you need me, I'll be in a bacon-induced coma.

Sweet, salty, smoky, bacony. I wonder if my doctor will OK this as part of a healthy diet if I bring him a slab?

I'm lovin the looks of this. Excellent work.
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I'm lovin the looks of this. Excellent work.
It is SOOOO good.
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It looks great. It's on the list of things to try next month.
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