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BACON - HOME CURED AND SMOKED

Making bacon at home is not difficult. You can add your own blend of spices to create the perfect taste for your family. This recipe is for a basic homemade bacon.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Curing time10 d
Total Time10 d 2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, basic bacon, homemade bacon, pork
Author: Debbie

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds pork belly
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons kosher or sea salt do not use iodized salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tender Quick

Instructions

  • Mix the sugar, salts, pepper, and tender quick together in a medium bowl.
  • Rub the mixture into the pork belly.
  • Place into a one gallon ziploc bag and refrigerate for 10-14 days. Flip daily and massage the mixture into the meat.
  • Remove from the bag and rinse thoroughly.
  • Place onto baking racks and refrigerate overnight. Add any additional seasonings you desire.
  • Smoke at 200 degrees for approximately 2 hours until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees.
  • Slice to your desired thickness and enjoy! This can also be frozen for later use.