One of the great joys in life is good bacon. I have purchased great bacon from time to time. A lot of people avoid bacon. They are missing something. It’s part of a healthy diet! I eat bacon all the time, and my weight is down, along with my cholesterol. I never understood things like Turkey bacon.
I was always a bit intimidated. All the recipes I was seeing called for a ten pound belly. I don’t have room in my fridge for a ten pound pork belly. So, I bagged it.
One day, I decided to try a smaller version of this recipe.
I went to Butcher and Larder and bought a custom cut 2 lb belly. Butcher and Larder has superior meat. The pork Rob has already tastes unlike anything you get at regular grocery store chains. That actually put more pressure on me because I didn’t want to screw it up.
I rode my bike to Spice House, and got some curing salt. Then I followed the recipe. I added in some Aleppo Pepper for kicks. I put it in the fridge and flipped it just like the recipe says. Once you put spices in the bag, and put it in the fridge there isn’t any real maintenance except flipping it. I had it in a Ziploc bag, and placed it in a baking dish so it wouldn’t get messy. After 8 days, I rinsed it, seasoned it with spices and threw it on my Primo Jr.
My daughter and I fried up a small piece when it was done. It tastes amazing. I threw some photos up on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @pointsnfigures. It might be some of the best bacon I have ever had. There is no way it lasts a week in my home. My next move is to go to Butcher and Larder and buy some more fresh belly. You have got to try making bacon at home. You won’t buy chain grocery store bacon again.
Tip of the hat to bacon lover Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.