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Homemade Bacon Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
John Young

Category:
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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
4 to 5 lb Pork Belly, skinned
⅓ c Kosher Salt
3 T coarse Black Pepper
2 tsp Prague Powder #1
⅓ c Brown Sugar

Directions:
Directions:
Place the cure ingredients in a small bowl and mix well, making sure any lumps of brown sugar are broken up.

Place the pork bely on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle half of the cure on top and rub it into the belly. Invert and sprinkle the remaining cure on the bottom and rub it in. Place the belly, and any excess cure, in a large, sturdy, resealable bag on a rimmed baking sheet and place on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.

Cure the belly for 5 days, turning it over each day to redistribute the liquid that will accumulate.

Drain the pork belly in a colander and rinse well with cold water. Blot it dry with paper towels. Place the belly on a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet in the refrigerator or in a cool place in front of a fan and let it dry until the surface feels papery and tacky, at least 4 hours, or as long as overnight.

Smoke the belly at 175F using apple, cherry, or hickory, for 2 to 3 hours until the internal temperature is 150F

Transfer the bacon to a wire rack over a baking sheet and let it cool to room temperature. Tightly wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Slice and cook.

 

 

 

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