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EmpireState Sep 7, 2011 08:48 AM

I found a recipe from Bobby Flay for BBQ chicken that sounds yummy. However one of the ingredients for the sauce is a slice of bacon. Has anyone ever tried subbing a piece of pareve soy bacon for something like this?

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    avitrek RE: EmpireState Sep 7, 2011 09:14 AM

    If the bacon is being used in a sauce then the fat/flavor is much more important than the texture. Go for one of the many meat suggestions that have been mentioned on other "kosher bacon" threads. I doubt soy bacon will add anything to your bbq sauce.

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      EmpireState RE: avitrek Sep 7, 2011 09:22 AM

      That makes sense. Would you think that liquid smoke would be a closer approximation? I would like to make the chicken tonight and don't have time to get to a store that would have beef fry, etc. Something available in a regular supermarket would be great.

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        ferret RE: EmpireState Sep 7, 2011 09:40 AM

        Liquid smoke is okay (maintain a light touch) some smoked turkey (dark meat) would be better. We smoke turkey legs a lot because they impart a nice smoked flavor to a variety of dishes.

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          weinstein5 RE: EmpireState Sep 7, 2011 09:57 AM

          I have good success using beef fry in place of bacon in recipes with great success -

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          rockycat RE: avitrek Sep 8, 2011 06:42 AM

          You could also try adding Bacon Salt for flavor and possibly a very little extra oil for the fat. Just make sure you get one of the parve flavors of Bacon Salt and go gently in adding it, tasting as you go.

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          SoCal Mother RE: EmpireState Sep 7, 2011 10:58 AM

          The only soy bacon I have ever seen is Morningstar and it's 1) dairy and 2) inedible. I vote for frying up a few slices of pastrami or corned beef and throwing in a little liquid smoke.

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            EmpireState RE: SoCal Mother Sep 7, 2011 11:14 AM

            Light life makes pareve soy bacon. If I can find any of the above in the supermarket, I will
            try it. If not, I will just use the liquid smoke. Problem number two: the recipe calls for a brine made with 2 tablespoons of salt. Would that be overkill for a kosher chicken (which is already soaked and salted)?

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              DeisCane RE: EmpireState Sep 7, 2011 11:28 AM

              There are a couple pareve facons out there.

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                SoCal Mother RE: DeisCane Sep 7, 2011 12:46 PM

                Wait isn't your recipe already fleishig? Why search for soy bacon? Check out the thread on bacon - I think they are experimenting with fried deli meats.

                As far as the brineing is concerned, I suspect that unless the original recipe started out with kosher meat, the kashering is the functional equivalent of brineing.

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                  EmpireState RE: SoCal Mother Sep 7, 2011 01:35 PM

                  I was considering using soy bacon, due to the fact that I wanted to make the chicken and I didn't have time to go to a kosher supermarket to get bacon substitutes other than soy bacon, which is readily available at my local regular supermarket.

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                    AdinaA RE: EmpireState Sep 7, 2011 01:46 PM

                    In your position, I would use almost any kosher smoked meat, or a splash of liquid smoke and a dollop of chicken, goose, or duck fat.

                    Where it gets hard is when you are trying to sub into a recipe that calls for wrapping something in bacon. But if you are crumbling bacon into a sauce, you can sub with liquid smoke and a little fat.

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                      DeisCane RE: AdinaA Sep 7, 2011 01:47 PM

                      What Adina said...

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                magiesmom RE: EmpireState Sep 8, 2011 05:06 AM

                Yes. don't brine kosher chicken.

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