Sunday, December 15, 2013
Making Homemade Bacon, Yes We Did!!
So how does one make bacon? Well after doing some research and doing it ourselves, I am here to tell you how…. Or at least how we make bacon. We started with the belly of the pig that we got back from the butcher and a container of maple ham cure we purchased from The Sausage Maker website. They required no minimum order and have free shipping! We like free.
After trimming the fat off the ends of our belly, we cut it in half (so it would fit into zip lock bags.) We then rubbed the soon to be bacon down on both sides with the maple ham cure we had bought. The meat was then put into zip lock bags and spent the next week in our refrigerator. We flipped the packs over every day.
After pulling the meat from the smoker we popped it back in the fridge for a bit. Why? Well to help it firm back up, making it easier to cut. We cut the bacon with a knife so not all the pieces were perfectly the same but I think that is the beauty of doing it yourself. It was nice to have the control over how thick the slices were. Remember, I said I liked butcher block style bacon. We divided up the meat in to family size packages and put them in the freezer. I must admit, every time I open the freezer, I do love looking at our homemade bacon. Mmmmm Bacon…… we made our own bacon!!!! And by the way…………so can you!