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sptucker
08-26-2015, 09:38 PM
My first pics in a while...

Well, I was perusing my local Costco, and a minor miracle occurred: they had a great big pile of pork bellies for $2.39/lb. I bought an 8 pounder and the pics tell the tale!

Squared off and ready for curing:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v324/sptucker/cooking/104884A4-B587-4F81-B187-BE35B7F56DF5.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/sptucker/media/cooking/104884A4-B587-4F81-B187-BE35B7F56DF5.jpg.html)

Dry cure applied:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v324/sptucker/cooking/B497BC8C-C8F5-4E70-ACB8-45C52B6D760D.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/sptucker/media/cooking/B497BC8C-C8F5-4E70-ACB8-45C52B6D760D.jpg.html)

Overhauled and massaged every other day. 8 days later rinsed and let sit on rack in fridge for 24 hours, then smoked with hickory pellets in MAK Super Smoker Box 9 hours (overnight). MAK was on SMOKE mode, Maverick said temp was 90-100 degrees in Box. Slabs were hung vertically, but I got no pics cuz it was too dark, plus I was asleep. :rolleyes: Next morning, I upped the temp to 250 until bacon internal temp was 150:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v324/sptucker/cooking/03C880CD-A3B5-4B34-AD68-EA1260B41995.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/sptucker/media/cooking/03C880CD-A3B5-4B34-AD68-EA1260B41995.jpg.html)

Put in freezer for 2 hours, then sliced!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v324/sptucker/cooking/8FBB2F06-2409-48EC-A0E1-822F67CA6CD0.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/sptucker/media/cooking/8FBB2F06-2409-48EC-A0E1-822F67CA6CD0.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v324/sptucker/cooking/B4409389-DC5A-4AFF-ADB2-020BFF9A4A2F.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/sptucker/media/cooking/B4409389-DC5A-4AFF-ADB2-020BFF9A4A2F.jpg.html)

Result: BEST BACON EVER. I will be using the Super Smoker Box from now on!

Big Poppa
08-27-2015, 06:04 AM
YOu know I have yet to make bacon....I keep kicking my self but really hard after this post bravo

KyNola
08-27-2015, 07:30 AM
Nicely done! I love to make my own bacon too!

sptucker
08-27-2015, 02:30 PM
YOu know I have yet to make bacon....I keep kicking my self but really hard after this post bravo

BP, you've GOT to do it! It's easy and it's sooooo good!

TentHunter
08-27-2015, 03:57 PM
Great job with this Paul!

Now you're hooked, and there's no turning back! MUWA-HA-HA-HA-ha...

BBQJUDGE
08-27-2015, 04:56 PM
That looks delicious! I have a batch of Tent's Apple cider bacon brining in the fridge as I type. Will smoke this Sunday. I hope it comes out looking as good as yours.

sptucker
08-27-2015, 08:04 PM
Great job with this Paul!

Now you're hooked, and there's no turning back! MUWA-HA-HA-HA-ha...

Thanks Cliff!

I was already hooked -- but the Super Smoker Box definitely kicks the bacon up a notch... or three...