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FriedClamFanatic
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making Bacon - Thu, 08/30/12 11:42 AM
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Nah............not THAT kind!.and not actually Bacon.  With bacon prices getting higher, and my heart not getting any younger, I decided on a test.  My local market runs boneless country style ribs on sale a lot,  I wait until they get a further mark-down and then pick out a few and pop them in my freezer.  Usually,l they are a little fattier than the normal ribs, which most folks don't want, but they work well for my little experiment.
 
I don't keep them in the Freezer longer than 4 mos.  When I build up 3-5 lbs worth, I bring them out, let them sit in a 38 degree refrig for a day, then begin a cure using the recipe found online for making bacon at home.  They get cured for about 5 days, then they can be smoked, or as you see here thrown into a 190 degree oven for a cple of hours.  Here you see three pieces about to go into the oven.a little over 4lbs
 

 
 
When done, the pieces go back in the freezer sometimes sliced in half, and I take out a small amount at a time to use in 3-4 days.  Again, it defrosts overnight in the fridge before slicing.
 
Here's one ready to cut
 
 
 
 
Sliced and ready for the pan.......I like my bacon thick and lean
 

 
Finished product

 
The only thing is you can't get extra crispy like this because it will tend to dry the meat out and become sort of a pork jerky.  But you get all that bacony flavor (and yes, the nitrates or nitrites) but not a lot of fat.  in fact, it can help to hit the pan with a quick squirt of PAM
 
Sorry about the photo size....been a while since I"ve uploaded photos here

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Re:making Bacon - Thu, 08/30/12 12:04 PM
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Excellent idea and photos!

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Re:making Bacon - Thu, 08/30/12 3:42 PM
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Great Idea!
I'm assuming the ones you're showing weren't Smoked?
They would be great smoked!

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Re:making Bacon - Thu, 08/30/12 4:49 PM
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Yeah.it was end July and i was too lazy to set up the smoker...but with apple or cherry wood on the smoke it would give a further lovely complexity
 
Just.as with all this stuff.be careful of the contamination factor.  I use cure from the Sausagemaker in the recipe, Stuff goes immediately from store to freezer....from freezer to fridge.and then back to freezer!  I couldn't do this commercially without a huge line of FDA and DEA and OSHA and WTFAYD agents at the door.  But Damn..it tastes Good

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Re:making Bacon - Thu, 08/30/12 8:29 PM
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Thanks for the photos.  You reminded me that I was going to try making Buckboard bacon myself.   Anyway there are a number of recipes on the net.  The bacon can be dry cured, wet cured, or quick cured by injection then smoked a few hours to 120-130 degree.
Don't trim off the fat if you want more of a bacon flavor. Otherwise lean trimmed meat will be more like Canadian Bacon.     Fatter pieces of pork butt would be a good choice for making buckboard bacon.   Add a weight while curing will flatten the piece so it will be more like bacon strips when sliced.

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Re:making Bacon - Fri, 08/31/12 3:27 PM
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Nice!!!
 
I have a slab of pork belly I've been giving a maple syrup cure to for 5 days now.  Going to smoke it tomorrow over applewood and I'll post a few pics for you.

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Re:making Bacon - Fri, 08/31/12 3:33 PM
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Oh Yeah, Baby!.better still.............Fedex me a piece!

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Re:making Bacon - Sat, 09/1/12 9:01 PM
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OK, the brined, smoked little 1 lbs slab (was an experiment in pure maple) and cooked...
 

 
and my harshest critics opinion...
 

 
(No filter betwen brain and mouth...
 

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Re:making Bacon - Sun, 09/2/12 12:41 AM
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Doesn't matter what it tasted like...............that smile says it all!