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Postby terry08 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:26 pm

26 lbs. Ready to cure for 7 to 10 days. Then in the smoker it goes.
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby chadbragg » Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:48 pm

What cut is that?


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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby triple_duece » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:22 pm

Where the fat. Never seen bacon w that much meat.
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby terry08 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:43 pm

Chad, it is Boston Butts, deboned and sliced through horizontally. Sometimes called buckboard bacon.
Triple_duece, it has plenty fat and far better than belly bacon. I will post more pictures as it cures. I generally cure for 14 days, but will probably let this go only seven or eight. I ran out while waiting for butts to go on sale.

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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby jbullard1 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:13 am

This stuff sure is good :)
Thanks Terry for suggesting it to me
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby dustygoodson » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:58 am

be some good eating
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby terry08 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:01 am

Sam's Butcher Shop, sells it for
$10.00 a pound.
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby Bullie » Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:28 am

Gonna pick up a butt and give this a try.
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby terry08 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:29 am

Bullie, it actually has a taste that is more like ham. But everyone who wants me to make it for them prefers it . Rather than belly bacon you buy in the store. Due to the sugar content, you need to add a little oil to your skillet and cook on low just until browned a little. That is if it makes it to the skillet.
There are many good commercial cures on the net. that you can order. It is very difficult to find Morton Tender Quick around here, so I often just make my own cures using the pink salt. Just remember that you only use 1 tsp per five pounds of meat. It is best to weigh each slab after removing the bone and slicing horizontally, then mix your pink salt, sugar and other spices in separate bowls for each piece. I am sure that if I checked some of the specialty stores, I could find maple sugar, thus eliminating the need for maple syrup. You don't have to add syrup, honey or anything to it if you choose not to. It's your bacon, so experiment with flavors that fit your taste.

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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby terry08 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:49 am

For those who don't mind reading. This is probably the best information out there for making buckboard bacon.
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby jv » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:49 am

terry08 wrote:For those who don't mind reading. This is probably the best information out there for making buckboard bacon.
http://playingwithfireandsmoke.blogspot ... n.html?m=1

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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby terry08 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:51 am

These have been curing since Wednesday. I cut them thin for faster cure time. Will rinse and soak a couple today and smoke tomorrow.
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby jbullard1 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:16 pm

What do you think about a 10 day cure Terry?
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby Bullie » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:02 pm

My dad dropped off 3 butts at the house this evening. He found them for .99 somewhere. Gonna start them tomorrow I guess.
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby terry08 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:31 am

Jerry, I generally go ten to fourteen days. But seven is the norm for most folks. The tender quick, seems to work slower than homemade using sodium nitrite, aka pink salt. My rule is that there be no red meat visible. If you have portions of red meat showing, they most likely didn't get enough cure rubbed on those areas. You won't have to worry about it with a wet brine.

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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby terry08 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:42 am

These two slabs were cut about 2 inches thick and have been curing since Wednesday. No red left on them, should be cured thoroughly. Will soak for two hours then pat dry, and let set in the fridge for 4 hours then in the smoker.
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby Bullie » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:58 am

Got my brine cooling. Gonna get some going after church.
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby Bullie » Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:21 pm

I put 18 pounds of buckboard bacon and 4lbs of Canadian bacon in brine after church. Gonna be good!!
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby terry08 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:40 pm

Bullie wrote:I put 18 pounds of buckboard bacon and 4lbs of Canadian bacon in brine after church. Gonna be good!!

Hope it turns out great.

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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby Bullie » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:50 pm

Hope so too. I did have a goof up though. I ran out of kosher salt still needing a little over a quarter cup. I decided to make up the difference with sea salt and when I was shaking the container to fill up the 1/4 cup measure, the top came off the container and the salt fell in my brine pot. I scooped out a good deal of it but i am sure it has more salt than the recipe calls for. I guess I will rinse it off really well or maybe soak it a bit after the cure is over.
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby terry08 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:03 pm

The 2 slabs are in the smoker finally, one is peppered, and the other just maple syrup. We will see.
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby terry08 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:36 pm

I let them go to 152 internal temp. They will fry up perfect.

Non peppered :
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And peppered :
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We always prefer the peppered.

Triple_duece, there is plenty fat. The non peppered comes from the center. Which has less fat. But is still delicious.

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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby jv » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:17 pm

Terry, I was just wandering how it would be to use wild hog or would it be to lean.
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby Bullie » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:10 pm

Looks good. Need a report.
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Re: Hillbilly Bacon

Postby terry08 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:20 pm

jv wrote:Terry, I was just wandering how it would be to use wild hog or would it be to lean.

I have no idea Jv, I would think that it would be fine. Even if it is a little lean.

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