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Looks great. Recipe please?
Well, I sorta winged it. But here goes.
  • Any large chunk of lean pork. Stuff is super cheap. You can get large pork tenderloin roasts for under $1 per pound. BTW, this is the exact same process for normal bacon, so substitute a full pork belly if you want normal bacon.
  • Trim any chunks of fat off it. Unlikely to be any, due to the way this meat is sold.
  • Rub it with the rub below. The pink salt is necessary. Don't use all of that rub - just enough to have a nice coating on the meat. Save the rest of the rub for the next one :)
  • After coating with rub, add brown sugar, maple syrup, etc. Not too much - the rub will be infusing these flavors into the meat fairly efficiently.
  • Put in zip lock freezer bags (or vacuum bags, which I did) and flip every day or two. For every inch thick, add a week. If it's 1.5" thick (mine) 10 days is good). You'll notice immediately there is juice generated out of the meat, that's normal as the salt enters. Leave the juice, just keep flipping.
  • Remove, cook in smoker or oven at 200F until the center is 150F. I smoked with apple wood.
  • Eat like there is no tomorrow. Gobble Gobble.

Basic Dry Cure (from Ruhlman's Charcuterie)
  • 1# kosher salt
  • 8 ounces table sugar
  • 8 tsp pink salt (this is NOT himalayan salt, it's sodium nitrite / prague #1 ).
 

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Those do look mighty tasty. Very similar to how I do my streaky or rashers. Next time I make a batch of the fatty good stuff I'll be throwing in a tenderloin or chunk of loin for lunch sandwiches.

Between the possibility of pathogens in raw meat and the poisonous nature of curing salts, I like the measured and calculated approach outlined here...

 

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Well, I sorta winged it. But here goes.
  • Any large chunk of lean pork. Stuff is super cheap. You can get large pork tenderloin roasts for under $1 per pound. BTW, this is the exact same process for normal bacon, so substitute a full pork belly if you want normal bacon.
  • Trim any chunks of fat off it. Unlikely to be any, due to the way this meat is sold.
  • Rub it with the rub below. The pink salt is necessary. Don't use all of that rub - just enough to have a nice coating on the meat. Save the rest of the rub for the next one :)
  • After coating with rub, add brown sugar, maple syrup, etc. Not too much - the rub will be infusing these flavors into the meat fairly efficiently.
  • Put in zip lock freezer bags (or vacuum bags, which I did) and flip every day or two. For every inch thick, add a week. If it's 1.5" thick (mine) 10 days is good). You'll notice immediately there is juice generated out of the meat, that's normal as the salt enters. Leave the juice, just keep flipping.
  • Remove, cook in smoker or oven at 200F until the center is 150F. I smoked with apple wood.
  • Eat like there is no tomorrow. Gobble Gobble.

Basic Dry Cure (from Ruhlman's Charcuterie)
  • 1# kosher salt
  • 8 ounces table sugar
  • 8 tsp pink salt (this is NOT himalayan salt, it's sodium nitrite / prague #1 ).
Thanks! I assume the 10 day curing process is while refrigerated, correct?
 

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That looks great,
I’ve made cured bacon many times, and like DBhomebrew, I have always used Meathead’s (at amazingribs) method. Works great, the Goldilocks cure, neither too little nor too much.
 

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Lookin' good!! Similar process to the Buckboard bacon I make with Pork Butt. I've been wanting to try it with tenderloin. If your cure amounts are correct for the thickness and weight of the meat i dont think you will need to cure as long. Maybe 6-7 days

Per ONE pound of pork loin or boneless pork butt:
1 Tablespoon of Tenderquick
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of maple sugar

I always soak mine in water for a couple hours after it is cured and then put in fridge uncovered over night to allow the surface to dry and redistribute the the juices.
 
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Lookin' good!! Similar process to the Buckboard bacon I make with Pork Butt. I've been wanting to try it with tenderloin. If your cure amounts are correct for the thickness and weight of the meat i dont think you will need to cure as long. Maybe 6-7 days

Per ONE pound of pork loin or boneless pork butt:
1 Tablespoon of Tenderquick
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of maple sugar

I always soak mine in water for a couple hours after it is cured and then put in fridge uncovered over night to allow the surface to dry and redistribute the the juices.
I cured for 8 days for this. I'm not sure if you can "overcure". For certain, you can undercure. I made bacon with belly last year and the cure didn't get all the way to the center.

I probably should have soaked mine a bit before I ate it. Tasted great yesterday, but woke up today with dry mount from the salt. Well, I did eat a lot of it.
 
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I cured for 8 days for this. I'm not sure if you can "overcure". For certain, you can undercure. I made bacon with belly last year and the cure didn't get all the way to the center.

I probably should have soaked mine a bit before I ate it. Tasted great yesterday, but woke up today with dry mount from the salt. Well, I did eat a lot of it.
Good point. Better to cure for a couple days too long than not enough.
 

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Ok, here’s my Canadian Bacon story - 1970’s, my Dad is taking me and my two younger brothers up to Canada in his new Bayliner he and a couple buddies purchased for family fun. We were in the Puget Sound area and were boating our way up the islands to Canada for summer vacation.

My brothers and I just LOVED Canadian Bacon pizza. You know the one - has pineapple on it, kids love it.

So we finally work our way up to Canada. So interesting, a different country for a 14 year kid. We tied up at the dock, and once my Dad finished registering we walked up into town to get Pizza!

So we sit at the table, and first thing we tell the gal waiting on us is WE WANT CANADIAN BACON! So she looks at us and says, “You must be Americans”. We had a weird face as I looked at my Dad and brothers befuddled... We asked her how she could tell..... she said “you called it Canadian Bacon”. .....

Huh? “Well what do you call it?” She replied “We call it ham!”
 
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Ok, here’s my Canadian Bacon story - 1970’s, my Dad is taking me and my two younger brothers up to Canada in his new Bayliner he and a couple buddies purchased for family fun. We were in the Puget Sound area and were boating our way up the islands to Canada for summer vacation.

My brothers and I just LOVED Canadian Bacon pizza. You know the one - has pineapple on it, kids love it.

So we finally work our way up to Canada. So interesting, a different country for a 14 year kid. We tied up at the dock, and once my Dad finished registering we walked up into town to get Pizza!

So we sit at the table, and first thing we tell the gal waiting on us is WE WANT CANADIAN BACON! So she looks at us and says, “You must be Americans”. We had a weird face as I looked at my Dad and brothers befuddled... We asked her how she could tell..... she said “you called it Canadian Bacon”. .....

Huh? “Well what do you call it?” She replied “We call it ham!”
Haha, that's an old joke. What do they call French Fries in France? (Fries)

Yea, pineapple and pork are a combo made in heaven. I discovered this in the Cayman Islands. Was on a beach with the family and a vendor came along with grilled pork sausage and pineapple skewers. Oh man, it was an awakening for me. I do it all the time now on my grill.
 

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I use a similar recipe for both back bacon and pork belly, except that I often use a wet cure and add maple syrup. After a 10 day cure, I soak the bacon for about an hour (changing the water a couple of times) to remove some of the excess saltiness. Dry it overnight in the fridge to create a pellicule which prevents a greasy black coating when smoking. I then smoke with hickory or cherry wood just to 135 F, since it will be cooked fully when eating anyways. I found that smoking to higher temperature could make the smoke flavor a little overpowering.
 
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