Recipe by "Pink Eyed" Jim Cortina
This is from Good Eats with Alton Brown.
Top Review by Wing-Man
Great bacon! Did not use molasses, water or vinegar. I used brown sugar and the rest, wrapped in a trash bag for 3 days turning daily and cold smoked @ 100 degrees over maple wood for 3 hours. Remember this bacon must be cooked before consuming. It is nice to not have to eat chemicals as you do with store bought.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup salt
- 8 ounces molasses
- 1⁄2 gallon water
- 1⁄2 gallon apple cider
- 2 tablespoons fresh coarse ground black pepper
- 5 lbs raw pork belly, from the loin-end
Directions See How It's Made
- In a large non-reactive pot, bring half the water, 1 cup of sugar, salt, and 8 ounces molasses to a boil.
- Stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Pour into a large container with the remaining water, and the apple cider.
- Place in the refrigerator and cool to 40 degrees F.
- Press the black pepper into the pork belly.
- Once the brine has cooled place the peppered pork belly into the mixture until completely submerged.
- Refrigerate for three days.
- After three days have passed, remove the pork from the brine and pat dry with paper towels.
- Lay on a rack over a sheet pan and place in front of a fan for 1 hour to form a pellicle.
- Lay the pork in the protein box of a cold smoker and smoke for 4 to 6 hours.
- Chill the meat in the freezer for 1 hour to stiffen for easy slicing into strips of bacon.
- Slice what you need and keep the remainder in a freezer safe bag in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Place the strips of bacon onto a sheet pan fitted with a rack and place into a cold oven.
- Turn the oven to 400 degrees F and cook for about 12 to 15 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your bacon.
- Remove from rack and drain on paper towels.