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Bacon recipes?

foodISlove Sep 5, 2006 01:12 AM

Anyone have a good recipe for homemade bacon? Just found a farm near me that raises livestock on grass, and want to try my hand at bacon.

  1. Betty Sep 9, 2006 02:04 AM

    That's great, you will really enjoy having that source close by. I've never made bacon, I hope you will report on your success.

    1. Betty Sep 8, 2006 03:35 AM

      I replied earlier, but it doesn't appear, so I will try again, but "livestock on grass" is probably not pork, but beef. Hogs are not generally grazing animals. Buying half portion of fresh local well-raised beef, however, is a great idea if you like to cook and have a deep freezer.

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      1. re: Betty
        foodISlove Sep 9, 2006 12:23 AM

        no, it' both pigs and beef. just outside Princeton,NJ.

      2. s
        scott123 Sep 6, 2006 08:52 AM

        This could stir up some controversy, but you could go the commercial route and brine the sliced pork belly in a salt/sugar/liquid smoke solution.

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        1. re: scott123
          foodISlove Sep 7, 2006 12:23 AM

          that's exactly what I was thinking...I have no smoker. the Alton recipe requires a smoker.

          1. re: foodISlove
            scott123 Sep 8, 2006 04:05 AM

            Here is how one company approaches brined liquid smoke based bacon:


            The end result is cooked, but the initial brining process should be fairly standard for the industry.

        2. j
          JudiAU Sep 6, 2006 02:32 AM

          My husband generally uses Ruhlman's new Charcuterie title for bacon and Bertolli's Cooking by Hand for pancetta. Both are excellent.

          We both suggest starting with pancetta which is less complex and curing it a few times so you understand how the meat should look. After you've mastered it next try bacon, again, curing a few times, before you attempt to smoke it.

          Please don't work with a random internet recipe. You should buy a book and throughly understand the processes you are working with.

          1. k
            KzooTraveler Sep 5, 2006 06:38 PM

            One of my friends got another one the book Everything Tastes Better with Bacon: 70 Fabulous Recipes for Every Meal of the Day by Sara Perry and Sheri Giblin (Paperback - May 1, 2002). It's got everything from bacon favorites to Bacon Brittle in it. However, I'm still waiting to taste the Bacon Brittle

            1. Davwud Sep 5, 2006 04:42 PM

              Alton Brown made it on episode of Good Eats. Look for it on foodtv.com

              Recipe isn't hard. Equipment can be another story.


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