Hello, my name is Caroline and I’m addicted to bacon. Yes I went there. But really, tell me who doesn’t like bacon? I truly think I could become a vegetarian if it wasn’t for bacon. I saw an article recently about some scientists that made seaweed that looked and tasted like bacon. I don’t buy it for an instant. There’s no substitute for bacon. I mean, you could use some pancetta in a pinch, but it’s not the same. I happen to like thick cut bacon. There’s nothing better. One time I let KB go grocery shopping for me, and he bought the wrong kind of bacon. It wasn’t his fault he was wrong.
Anyways, I decided to smoke my own bacon the other day. I don’t really have a recipe for you because I used a kit. I went to the farmers market early since there’s only one farmer that has pork belly and he only brings one each week. So I bought my pork belly and I bought a kit. You can find it on Amazon.
It was pretty easy.
Cure the pork belly. Let it sit for about 5-7 days.
Then rinse it off.
Place in smoker. We have a tiny smoker, so I had to cut it in half to fit. It just made shorter bacon.
Let smoke until the thermometer from the kit pops out. You could also bake for 2-3 hours on a low heat per the kit.
When done it will look like this:
Cool in refrigerator to make it easier to cut.
Then fry in frying pan. And eat.