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Charles Brown 11-22-2013 10:27 AM

Pork Belly - Final Temperature?
 
Gentlemen,

Was going to smoke a pork belly this weekend for some guests coming to town. What would a good final temperature be? I'm planning on vacuum packing a wet brine with maple syrup and bourbon for a day or two and then throwing it on the BGE. I've never smoked a belly before.

I'm thinking of setting the fire to 205* on the smoker with apple / maple wood but don't know when to pull the meat.

I have a large BGE and a DigiQ for heat monitoring. Any help would be appreciated. Also, seeing as this is also my first time cooking belly, any guesses on how long it should take?

thanks,
Charlie

AZScott 11-22-2013 11:54 AM

Cook the belly just like you cook ribs and it should be good.

landarc 11-22-2013 11:57 AM

I cook them until the jiggle and wiggle like jello.

The trick is to get the fat rendered out well, otherwise, the fat ends up crunchy (not desirable, Noooo). I smoke at 225F to 250F.

Charles Brown 11-22-2013 12:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AZScott (Post 2703378)
Cook the belly just like you cook ribs and it should be good.


Interesting idea. Similar to a 3-2-1 method?

GSXR883 11-22-2013 12:59 PM

Cook until 150 IT. On my LG BGE at 200 - 225 it takes about 3.5 to 4 hours but that was 15lbs of belly. Be sure to use the platesetter and a drip pan to avoid fair ups of rendered fat. Enjoy!

southpaw_1979 11-22-2013 03:31 PM

I do it at around 225 until it reaches 165

GSXR883 11-22-2013 04:27 PM

In my earlier post I said 150 degrees if you're making bacon. If not bacon than cook to a higher temp, like 195.

Charles Brown 11-23-2013 10:14 AM

Not making bacon. Just smoking a fresh belly. The meat has been vacuum packed with the brine / marinade. Planning on smoking it tomorrow morning, cooling it, and then searing it to give it some crisp while serving it over grits.

I'll flip a coin between 150* and 165*.

Other input is still appreciated.

best,
Charlie

Okie Sawbones 11-23-2013 10:36 AM

Charles, I cooked my first pork belly last month, and it turned out great. Here is the link, with step by step notes on what I did. Hope it helps.


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