Smoked pork belly...

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  1. getbent

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    I have been smoking salmon a LOT lately... will do a pork belly due to this thread... have not done one in awhile. I have a propane, charcoal smoker... and love it... I am always afraid of the power going out... otherwise, the traeger is the thang!
     
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    Will do, later today.
     
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    Costco (I LOVE their meat department) has plenty of it all packaged up and ready to roll.

    I smoked a pork shoulder (Boston Butt) last week... very tasty!
     
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    Yes! I got one of these smoke tubes, but have yet to employ it. Thanks for reminding me. I think I'll use it today.
     
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    Rainy day today... but that didn't slow down this 4 hour smoke! The Daniel Boone is smiling!
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    Here's one half of the 9 lb. pork belly, fresh off the grill.

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    And, with garlic sautéed brussels sprouts and new potatoes... time to eat!
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    About 8 lbs. of the 9 lb. pork belly will be vacuum sealed and flash frozen in 1 lb. packages for future meals.

    Good uses include:
    -slicing and cooking as bacon
    -small slices added to ramen noodles
    -thin slices for sandwiches
    -thick slices as used above
    -dicing up and fried with scrambled eggs
    -dicing up and fried with hash brown potatoes
     
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  6. DHart

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    I used the smoke tube and it worked great! Smoked for about 4 hours.
     
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    My parents got us a Traeger pellet smoker for Christmas. It took me a little while to run electricity out to my back yard, but now that I have it I cook almost everything on it. I did St. Louis cut ribs on Saturday and I'll probably smoke a corned beef on Sunday. I even threw a frozen pizza on it a few weeks ago and my kids loved it (I've since cooked home made pizza which I much preferred.). I spent years smoking things on my propane grill with little foil packets of wood chunks--but I'm never going back.
     
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    Nice! I smoked a corned beef brisket a week or so ago and it made awesome hot pastrami sandwiches!
     
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    Pork belly can be quite amazing. I do find it somewhat shocking how it’s not popular in America
     
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    Nice. My neighbor two doors down has the same smoker as you. That thing smells great and fills our entire block with joy when he fires it up.

    I haven't seen him outside in the last couple of months, though, because he's a sissy.
     
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    Come on man, you’re makin bacon.
     
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    I've done it a few times and it is best when it can be served in small portions with sauce/condiments that offset the richness (this is an extremely fatty cut of uncured pork, after all). it makes a nice alternative to smoked sausage or ham in a pork three ways presentation.
     
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    It is very rich, indeed! Small portions are plenty satisfying.

    I'm looking forward to slicing and frying some it as bacon. As well as dicing into small bits and adding to scrambled eggs, hash browns, and adding some to ramen soup.
     
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    Damn, that's so Perfect it looks like a Bob Ross painting! And I am so hungry now!
     
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    My favorite thing to do! (Besides makin music.) :lol:
     
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    Pork belly and bacon are completely different even though it’s the same part of the pig.

    Bacon has a processed taste. Pork belly has a more natural meat taste like steak ( if you grill it) or like a roast if you long smoke it.

    It’s kind of like comparing potato chip to baked potato. Same thing but very very different
     
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    And, bacon is cured. Pork belly is not.

    I think he was having fun with the "makin' bacon" play on words, though - which I appreciated. :lol:
     
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  18. Paul in Colorado

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    I don't even eat pork and this thread is making be crave it. Well played, gentlemen!
     
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  19. DHart

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    We have been incredibly thrilled with smoking salmon filet... it's like eating the food of the God's, so tender, so tasty!

    Just ordered a couple hundred pounds of pellets of different woods. Great pricing and free delivery with larger quantities on the web. We've been smoking a LOT lately.

    Now, I'm getting ready to do some more smoked salmon! :)
     
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    What pellets are you using and where did you source the large amounts?
    I just got some Lumberjack pellets from Amazon/Charcoal Store with free shipping for a 40 lb bag of maple cherry hickory blend. $33.00. I'll be giving them a try this afternoon on some spare ribs.

    How do you do your salmon?
     
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