An eleven pound pork belly is soaking in a marinade of 'Love.' This a nitrate free bath of salt, apple juice, sugar and molasses. That is all she wrote. "The Great White Hunter" has commissioned me to make a nitrate free slab of bacon. This brine will work its magic for three days and a hot smoke stoked with Hickory wood will transform this piece of swine to a magical treat. Stay tuned!
- 10 pounds of pork belly
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 cups kosher salt.
- 16 ounces molasses
- 1 gallon of water
- 2 quarts of apple juice or cider
- 4 tablespoons of black pepper