Homemade Bacon

Homemade Bacon

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This recipe takes bringing home the bacon to a new level. It's incredibly simple, just mix a few dry ingredients together, wait for a bit, then smoke and you have bacon. We went the extra mile to make this bacon even more exciting by quasi-candying it, but you can simply cook however you like bacon.
  • 5 lbs skin off pork belly. If you can get a center cut piece of belly, it'll have more meat and yield a supreme bacon. That's a good bad name, "Supreme Bacon."

For the cure:

  • 5 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon (about 4.5 grams) pink curing salt number 1

For the caramel sauce (enough for about 1lb of caramelized bacon):

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice
  • 1 tablespoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • (optional) flat leaf parsley for garnish
    • watch the video :)
    • mix cure ingredients together
    • Cover the slab of pork belly in the cure, including the sides. Put the belly in a zip lock bag with the remaining cure and put it in the refrigerator. I like to place this on top of a sheet pan in case there is any leakage
    • After 7 days, wash the rub off your pork belly and set your smoker up for 200 degrees
    • Smoke your pork belly until ~150 degrees F internal and then remove from the smoker.
    • Let cool and wham bam, bacon my friend
    • Slice to desire thickness and cook to your preference. What follows below is a riff on an Adam Perry Lang recipe for candied bacon and it's out of this world
    • Preheat over to 375 degrees F
    • Cut 16 bacon slices 1/4 inch thick, about 1lbs total 
    • Mix caramel sauce ingredients together and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently
    • Once boiling, remove from heat
    • Dip bacon in sauce and spread on sheet pans in a single layer
    • Cook bacon on pan in over until crispy about 20-30 minutes, flipping half way
    • Garnish with chopped parsley, serve as is, on a BLT, make a bacon, egg and cheese, go nucking futs with this one.

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