Bacon -Homemade in a Smoker

Pat Duran


This recipe was posted in Edible Portland. And I know there are a lot of you and hubbies too that love to cook with their smokers. I do not have one- but I might just have to have one now! LOL

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use an 8 pound pork belly from the loin end




1 gal
fresh water
2 c
granulated sugar
2 c
8 oz
1 gal
apple cider vinegar
8 lb
of whole pork belly ,preferably from the loin end
2 oz
coarsely ground black pepper
2 to 3 lb
wood chips, apple or hickory

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large pot, stir together 1/2 gallon water,1 cup sugar, salt and molasses. Bring to a boil, stirring well until sugar and salt dissolve. Remove from heat, stir in the remaining water, sugar and vinegar. Allow the brine to cool, then refrigerate until the liquid reaches 40^. The brine can be made a few days ahead of time.
When you are ready to cure the meat, rinse the pork belly. Place it in a large Tupperware like container that can be sealed. Pour the cold brine over the pork belly,add the pepper, seal the container and place it in the refrigerator. Keep it there for 3 to 4 days, turning it over every day.
After brining discard the liquid and pat the belly dry. Set the meat on a rack over a sheet pan in front of a fan, and leave it for 2 hours.
Heat smoker and add wood chips to the bottom. Place the pork belly in the smoker and smoke for 4 to 6 hours, depending on how smoky you like the bacon to taste. Every hour check to make sure you have enough wood chips.
Remove the belly from the smoker and allow it to cool for 15 minutes before refrigerating. The meat is easiest to slice when it is cold. Slice what you need and keep the rest well wrapped in the refrigerator for up to one month. Freeze the remainder for up to three months.
To Bake:
Place bacon strips on a sheet pan fitted with a rack and place it into a cold oven. Cook for 12-15 minutes at 400^. Remove from rack and drain on paper towels.
To Pan Fry:
Add bacon strips to a cold skillet. Cook on medium-high until the fat has rendered out, turning over after 7 minutes. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tags: For Kids, Heirloom