Chilebrown at home

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


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


Chuck M. said...


Pork belly is definitely one of the items on my "short list" to make. Did you have to trim that up at all, or did the butcher take care of it for you?

cookiecrumb said...

I'm just negotiating here. Do you need all that sugar?

Chilebrown said...

Chuck M, I just quarterd this belly.

cookiecrumbs, It is the marinade of salt snd sugar is necesarry. The combination of sugar and salt is the question? Can you combine sugar salt and smoke and make the killer bacon. I can!!!

Chilebrown said...

Chuck M, I bought a whole pork belly from Prime Smoked Meats.

The price was 2.19 a pound for a 11 pound beauty. No trimming necesary

Zoomie said...

Won't hot smoking cook the bacon?

@cookiecrumb, the sugar and salt are both preservatives as well as flavor-enhancers.

Chilebrown said...

Zoomie, Yes, I will bring the bacon to 150 degress. This will cook it and make is safe to eat. Of course it it will taste a little better if you fry a rasher or two.

cookiecrumb said...

I cure mine with sugar too, but not in that proportion. I gots no objections, chief!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to hear how it turns out!

liteluvr said...

Outta curiosity... what's the reason for omitting the nitrate?

Chilebrown said...

cookiecrumb, I am following a recipe and it has worked for me. The right balance of sugar, salt, and smoke can be a balancing act.

Zia, Me too.

liteluvr, This bacon is for the Great White Hunter and he needs to not ingest nitrates for health reasons.

cookiecrumb said...

Have you heard you can get some nitrate-y effect from celery juice? And I say, why?

Chilebrown said...

cookiecrumb, Yes, I have heard of celery juice concentrate. It contains naturally occuriring nitrates. Some companies use celery juice concentrate and advertise that their product is nitrate free which is untrue.
You ask why? because if you cold smoke bacon with out nitrates as a preservative you risk creating botulism, I will be using a hot smoke so that will not be a problem

cookiecrumb said...

I also hot smoke, to 150 degrees. It amazed the socks off me the first time, to realize the bacon is cooked before you fry it. And ho yeah, I use the pink salt. (I've grown celery. It can taste really nasty. Wonder if that's the nitrate action.)

Greg said...

All you had to say was bacon and you have my attention.

Sandy said...

Hey Chile next time try the same recipe and throw in some Uncle Joe's blend. Yum!

Chilebrown said...

Greg, Could you smell the bacon this morning while it was smokin?

Sandy, That sounds like a great idea.