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Old 03-07-2014, 01:15 PM   #1
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Default Belly cured and resting - tomorrow the smoke

The story so far.

Looking for advice
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=181956

First batch fails due to too high temperature:
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=182301

Overcoming first timer mistakes and getting help:
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh....php?p=2826565

Now I'm to the point where the meat is firm to the touch across the whole slab. I've taken the 2 slabs out and rinsed them off thoroughly and have them sitting in the fridge airing overnight with the goal of smoking them tomorrow.

Here's the latest picks.

I haven't used the bradley smoker in quite some time so I've got to pull it out and get it ready for tomorrow. I've never tried to smoke at 150 degrees so I'm going to have to practice that in advance.

Thanks everyone for all the help and advice!

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Old 03-07-2014, 01:26 PM   #2
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Can I add maple syrup at some time before/after smoking to give it a maple like flavor?
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:32 PM   #3
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I've done another round of seasonings (including maple syrup) right before smoking with good results.

If using real maple syrup - don't expect a lot of "maple" flavor like you get from the faux maple bacon in the store. It will add a nice sweetness to the bacon.
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Good Luck Will have to watch this Where do you get your pork belly from
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Old 03-07-2014, 02:19 PM   #5
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I smoke to an IT of 150. Usually run the smoker about 175 and bump up 200 over about 3-4 hours. Good luck! It's a piece of cake.
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Old 03-07-2014, 02:25 PM   #6
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I called into Westtown meat market on 202 right outside West Chester. They had to order it and it took 2 days to get.

Cause it was special order it was almost $5/lb, which I think is probably high from what I've read. At least I know it's good quality. I've been getting meats from this couple for 5 years and love their stuff. Haven't found any other sources in the area.

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Old 03-07-2014, 02:27 PM   #7
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Good Luck !!

Fark YEAHHH..... BACON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Good luck!
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:26 PM   #9
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the Bradley works great for bacon

Thats what I used to use until I sold it

Kinda miss it now
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Check Worrells in Malvern. I plan on checking out the Farmers Market in Wayne
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Looking forward to the finished product. Forum has been on a bacon kick lately. I love it!
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