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Old 01-22-2010, 09:17 AM   #1
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Bought a hog with a fellow from work and decided to try my hand at making bacon and a ham for the first time. Here's a few pics from right after I removed to ham and bacon from the curing steps. Now off to the smokers. Trying to keep the bacon smoker (WSM) at 100 degrees is going to be fun. Ended up using a coffee can. Will post pics when finished. I can see babysitting this all day.


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Old 01-22-2010, 09:25 AM   #2
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OOhhhhh - looking forward to following this thread.
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Care to share your curing steps?
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:34 AM   #4
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This is going to be interesting.
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I just Googled "How to cure bacon". Pretty simple actually. Salt,cure and some maple syrup and into the fridge for a week turning everyday. Take out rinse and smoke.
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Finished pics of the bacon and ham. Haven't tried the ham yet but the bacon is off the hook. No more storebought for me. Brushed the ham with mustard,o.j. and honey.


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Old 01-22-2010, 04:14 PM   #7
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Actually keeping the temp at 100 degrees for smoking the bacon was easy. I took a one pound coffee can and added about eight lit briquettes and some small pieces of apple and cherry and just kept adding every forty-five minutes for about six hours in the WSM. Well worth the time and effort.

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Nice looking bacon and that ham is looking great.
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I KNEW this was going to be interesting, and it was! Nice job Skidder!
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Thanks all anyone that hasn't tried this should. It really is that good.
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Ahhh breakfast!
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Homemade bacon is great. Thanks for the coffee can idea, always had a problem maintain that low of a temp.
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