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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.

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

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

    DT

    1. 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. 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. 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

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

            1. re: foodISlove

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

              http://www.freepatentsonline.com/4957...

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

          2. 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

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

            2. 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.