Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What’s on the Grill #137

Homemade Smoked Bacon!  After watching the curing exploits of Andrew at Slim Pickins’ Pork, Dave at Weber_Cam, and Mike at Menu in Progress, I finally picked up a copy of Charcuterie to try my own hand.  Charcuterie, written by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polycn, is about the preparation and preservation of meat, specifically pork.  From pancetta to sausage, Charcuterie lays out an amazing road map of complete hog utilization.  Frankly, I have found it all spellbinding and motivating.  It truly is an amazing read, and a wonderful cookbook.

Prepping the pork belly

After making the “Da Bomb" breakfast sausage last week, I turned my attention towards bacon.  I picked up 10 pounds of pork belly at a local butcher and brought it home to cure.  Although it worked fairly well, I think next time I will place the belly into plastic bags, versus the plastic tub I used.  It will make overhauling (the redistribution of cure) easier.

The first five pounds I hot smoked on the gas grill.  The second five pounds I hot smoked on the kettle with hickory chips.  It should come as no surprise that the kettle smoked bacon tasted the best.  In fact, I finished the smoked bacon during brew day so every one got a bite right off the grill.

Smoked Bacon

The bacon I have fried so far transcends a description based on the written word.  It is simply lovely.  I have since stocked the remaining half of the bacon in the freezer to pull out later.

Next up, sausage (& buying the stuffer!  I already have the casings!).  However, if you can’t wait, check out Andrew, Dave, & Mike and their amazing charcuterie galleries.  I have a lot of catching up and a lot to learn.


Mike said...

Homemade bacon is the best - once you've made it, you'll never buy it again.

Ninette said...

Wow, I think I am being inspired to make bacon. When you hot smoke it, doesn't it cook all the way through?

Andrew said...

Judging from that bacon, I think you're already up to speed. Can't wait to see what's next!

smokingbottle said...

This is something that I've been wanting to try. Looks great. Nice blog too, I just found you when searching for some info on bacon. Beer, brewing and barbecue.. those are my passions.

Mike said...

Thanks! I'm dying to try it again. I have almost finished off everything from my first batch.

Beer, brewing, & barbecue are great passions, aren't they?! They definitely are related.

Adam said...

Very nice

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