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Scrap Iron Chef's Bacon

1

cup

sugar

1

cup

salt

8

ounces molasses

1/2

gallon , (2 quarts) water

1/2

gallon , (2 quarts) apple cider

2

tablespoons

course ground black pepper

1

(5 pound) piece raw pork belly from the loin-end

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In a large non-reactive pot, bring half the water, 1 cup of sugar, salt,

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and 8 ounces molasses to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Pour into a

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large container with the remaining water, and the apple cider. Place in

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the refrigerator and cool to 40 degrees F.

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Press the black pepper into the pork belly. Once the brine has cooled

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place the peppered pork belly into the mixture until completely

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submerged. Refrigerate for three days.

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After three days have passed, remove the pork from the brine and pat dry

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with paper towels. Lay on a rack over a sheet pan and place in front of

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a fan for 1 hour to form a pellicle. Lay the pork in the protein box of

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a cold smoker and smoke for 4 to 6 hours. Chill the meat in the freezer

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for 1 hour to stiffen for easy slicing into strips of bacon. Slice what

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you need and keep the remainder in a freezer safe bag in the

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refrigerator or freezer.

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Place the strips of bacon onto a sheet pan fitted with a rack and place

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into a cold oven. Turn the oven to 400 degrees F and cook for about 12

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to 15 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your bacon. Remove from

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rack and drain on paper towels. Enjoy.

Servings: 1

Yield:

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Entire recipe (23.5 ounces).

Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients. 3 of the recipe's ingredients were not linked. These ingredients are not included in the recipe nutrition data.

Amount Per Serving

Calories

1238

Calories From Fat (0%)

1.34

% Daily Value

Total Fat 0.16g

<1%

Saturated Fat 0.03g

<1%

Cholesterol 0mg

0%

Sodium 113235mg

4718%

Potassium 2369.91mg

68%

Total Carbohydrates 319.53g

107%

Fiber 0g

0%

Sugar 319.15g

 

Protein 0g

0%