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How long does this process take?





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Kantz
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7-10 days for the cure.





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then on to smoking? Or is that not part of it?





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Kantz
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It is. I havent decided if im going to do a cold smoke or a hot one yet. The pb was only like 12 bucks so if I mess it up it isnt a big deal.





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bossflossjr
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quote:

Kantz


How much duck do u want? I will gladly give u some in return for preparing some for me!






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Hemingway
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Love making homemade bacon. I have done it about four times, and I think it is better every time. I have now taken to leaving some small chunks and vacuum sealing to later cube and throw into beans, soups, etc. It is really amazing. I actually use Morton's Tenderquick rather than pink salt - though I do understand the difference and appreciate pink salt.

I got my basic recipe here - LINK

I can get pork belly here in Houston pretty cheaply at most Asian markets.

My first few were too salty, so I soaked longer the next time. It is hard to cold smoke in Houston, so I have not tried that angle.

Good luck.



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Rohan2Reed
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Thanks to yall who helped me out. I picked some pork belly up today and am on my way to curing.

4 lbs of pork belly from la morenita. Easy to get, thanks for the suggestion Martini.


looking good so far brotha






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LSUTygerFan
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Gonna keep an eye on this thread to see how it goes. I'm definitely interested in trying this.





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coolpapaboze
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then on to smoking? Or is that not part of it?

You can:
- cold smoke, like most bacon you've probably had, where it's smoked, cured, but not cooked.
- hot smoke, cured, smoked and essentially cooked over low heat.
- not smoke if you want pancetta.

All three are great, just produce different results.






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jeff967
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cheep and good





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coolpapaboze
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That is a big bag!





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jeff967
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apocalypse prep!





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Kantz
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jeff967


Got three pounds of cure mix for 3 dollars. Used it and had plenty to spare for at least one more belly. Thanks though!

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How much duck do u want? I will gladly give u some in return for preparing some for me!


Picked some up already, but if it turns out good and I do it again, I will definitely hit you up on that!

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looking good so far brotha


Thanks man, its really easy. Everyone should try it. It seems scarier/harder than it is.

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It is hard to cold smoke in Houston, so I have not tried that angle.


I figure its still cool enough outside to try a cold smoke. If it was summer I'd definitely go the hot smoke route.






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Dark Tiger
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Nice link, thanks for posting that Hemingway.





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Alahunter
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Yes it's very important to have the right amount of salt (kosher, table salt and pink salt - sodium nitrate) .. and you also need, IMO, brown sugar, chopped garlic and bay leaf. It should take about 7-9 days for the pork belly to cure. You need to monitor it every couple of days and add a little more salt mixture if you see it's not getting firm


Is there a certain amount per pound that should be used? Or just eyeballing it each day? Never done this, but gotta say, it looks good and may try it myself.






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Kantz
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There are recipes all over the internet. I'd say that's a good place to look. You don't want to use too much pink salt because it technically is poisonous, but there are safe recipes littered throughout the intewebs.

I didn't use the tender quick salt, but there are plenty of recipes out there using it also. I assume it also gets the same job done. If you're nervous about the pink salt, I'd say that's a good way to go.

This is just my first time and I plan on doing it more and trying it several different ways and figuring out what is best for me. I mean hell, that's half the fun of cooking anyway, right?






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Kantz
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eta: all pics in updated post on page three


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Cajunate
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Homemade bacon is some good stuff! Your's is looking good too. I have abouta 10 lb pork belly in the freezer I'll have to do soon.

Heck, now I might have to have fresh yard eggs and some bacon I have in the frezer for breakfast tomorrow morning.






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Kantz
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Thanks!

Hopefully I'm just a few days behind you on that breakfast.






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LSUTygerFan
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well, how did this turn out?





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