Posts Tagged With: dry

Its The 12 Hour Count Down

I was once a pork belly and now I am BACON. Right out of the brine and into the fridge to dry.  Tomorrow morning I will cook some of the best tasting bacon that was ever made.  Who does not love bacon…really I dare you to come forward and say you don’t like bacon.  If you do come forward, I won’t believe you.

Tomorrow is my Mother In Law’s (MIL’s) birthday and you know what she gets with her brunch..my bacon.  (Hey at least I did not say “my sausage.”)

So today Nikki and I took the bacon out of its bags and rinsed the slabs and dried them.  The next step is to leave them out in the fridge for 12-24 hours to dry.  I can not wait the 24 hours, but it will be close enough.  Tomorrow morning I am going to get up around 7:00am and start a nice little fire in my smoker.  Using cherry chunks and natural charcoal as the fire source and a maple and coke marinade I am going to smoke the bacon for about 3 hours.  I like using coke in my marinade because it seems to boil off a little slower and I like the hint of cola that it imparts in the smoke.  I think that this mixed with maple syrup will produce a wonderful moist smoke to stick to the bacon.

I have a little trick I am going to try.  Right before I take off the bacon to bring it in and fry it up, I am going to put well soaked rosemary on the coals.  This should produce a very thick smoke that will help infuse the meat with the oils from the fresh rosemary.

Now I know that you all will want to come over and taste.  This would be great, but I only have so much.

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A Few More Days

I just wanted to give you all a little update. The pig belly/bacon is getting a little more firm. Tonight will be the last night I flp them until I rinse them off and dry. I expcet to start smoking the bacon by 7:00am Sunday and have it ready for my mother in laws’s birthday.

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