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Smoking Westy 07-23-2013 01:21 PM

Bacon - 201 pounds worth - pr0n
I got several buddies together to make a big batch of bacon...the goal was to do 100 pounds this go around but things escalated quickly. Emails were flying back and forth, the number of sides we were buying climbed rapidly until we settled on doing 17 whole sides for the seven of us which turned out to be 201 pounds (clearly over our measley 100 pound goal that we set).

We ordered the belly's last week, they were ready for pick up on Monday. Last night we did a "curing party" where we prepped all the meat and fired up the smoker to cook up one of the fresh sides.

I took a few pictures along the way but it was controlled chaos in my small kitchen with that amount of meat, people and seasonings and spices. I'll upload some of the pictures we took last night maybe later on this evening if I get a chance to get them uploaded after work.

Until then here are a few teaser shots I took on my phone...

Loaded up at the butcher's shop

Stacked up in the kitchen :shocked:

One of the fresh sides we smoked for a little treat - ground up some cayenne from my garden, sea salt, cracked pepper and real maple syrup - smoked over hickory until 190 degrees. :thumb:Words can't describe how awesome this was.

We did a variety of flavor are some that I can remember off the top of my head:

- brown sugar, cracked pepper
- honey habenaro
- honey jalapeno
- cayenne, sea salt, cracked pepper, maple syrup
- sriracha, hot pepper blend
- Rulhman's pancetta blend (garlic, thyme, allspice, juniper berry, etc)
- molasses, brown sugar, habenaro, cracked pepper

I'll update this thread with some additional pictures from last night as well as update it the night(s) we smoke and slice...stay tuned. :biggrin1:

Thermal Mass 07-23-2013 01:31 PM

Tuned in on this one!!:hungry:


Garrett 07-23-2013 01:32 PM

I have bacon envy!!!!

QansasjayhawQ 07-23-2013 01:33 PM

Wow! Very inspirational. I think I'll have to give a pork belly a shot one day soon.

Looking forward to hearing how it goes.

PatAttack 07-23-2013 01:35 PM

Holy FARK, BaconMan!

Now THAT is a lot of bacon!

hamiltont 07-23-2013 01:36 PM

Looks AWESOME!! Personally I like Seaboard products; Bacon, Ribs, Loins, etc... Cheers!!!

Gore 07-23-2013 01:49 PM

Guess you can scratch that one off your bucket list.

I bet the whole neighborhood smelled like heaven.

davefan360 07-23-2013 02:02 PM

I want to party with you guys.

Big M1ke 07-23-2013 02:42 PM


Banjoe 07-23-2013 04:37 PM

This is a bacon coocoobat episode. Staying tuned for some great things.

J-Rod 07-23-2013 05:25 PM


Smoking Westy 07-23-2013 09:08 PM

Few more pictures from last night...

Serious amount of cure

Belly 1 of 17 done and ready to be bagged up

Gonna be glorious!

Maple syrup and a trifecta of pepper (jalapeño, cayenne, black pepper). The jalapeño and cayenne were dried from my garden

Dirtbuddy 07-23-2013 09:21 PM

Giddy up! Makes my last 10lb batch look like peanuts.

cowgirl 07-23-2013 10:47 PM

Looks mighty tasty! :thumb:

BobBrisket 07-23-2013 10:53 PM

WOW!!! Bacon overload!!:grin:


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