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bigkahunaranch 06-27-2012 10:03 PM

Garlic infused Bacon questions
I am looking to jump off into some bacon making, and after reading alot of info online, especially at ThirdEye's web site (which is plum full of great info BTW).

My first version I would like to try is bacon with a heavy dose of garlic.

So do I use garlic powder or minced garlic in the brine ?

Or should I add the garlic at a later stage ?

I am afraid that if I did add it to the brine, the flavor would weaken severly during the soak out stage.

Also, only pork belly's I have found have the skin on them.
Do you remove the skin prior to the brine stage?
Or after it is smoked??
Or somewhere in between?

Boshizzle 06-27-2012 10:04 PM

I wish I could get pork belly with skin on! Lucky you!

92slcvrt 06-28-2012 12:56 AM

I take the skin off after I hot smoke

KnucklHed BBQ 06-28-2012 01:06 AM

I'm the opposite, I take the skin off before curing and make cracklins with it. Smoking with the skin on and then removing it leaves one side of the bacon unsmoked...

Also the cure doesn't penetrate the skin, removing it will move the process along a bit faster.

I don't wet cure my bacon, so I'm not sure how to address your question exactly... in my dry cure I use granulated garlic (size of sand granuals) and a little goes a long way for sure!

I'd advise starting off a bit conservative and make adjustments on your next batch. Can't go wrong with that! :mrgreen:

Edit: Also, check out Cowgirl's blog for more info if you haven't already -

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