Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July 4, Part II

I don't know all the details of acquisition, but Ryan was the recipient of a large pig at the Frothy Monkey just before the holiday weekend, and asked if I'd like to participate in a bacon-smoking ceremony. After answering with some referral to where a bear relieves himself, I stocked up on lump hardwood charcoal and began soaking a couple of fallen hickory limbs from the back hillside.

Ryan had pre-cured the slab with his own secret recipe (which, in the interest of intellectual property rights, I will not divulge), then we added more kosher salt, black pepper, raw sugar and crushed homegrown red peppers. It rested overnight. Thanks to George the cat, I did not.

We started the fire about 8:00am, loaded the slab at 8:30 and about an hour in took our first peek:

six hours later, we had a beautifully smoked pork belly, which, after some sampling accompanied by ooohs and aaaahs, cooled in the refrigerator to become...

Monday morning bacon with multi-grain waffles.

This is the best bacon ever to pass my lips, but because this is not something we should eat every day, the last slices are now in the freezer, safely awaiting the next occasion. Oh, and there are a few small chunks saved for limited use in seasoning vegetables, soups, pastas, salads, and anything else where you might say "you know what would be perfect in this?"
Thanks, Ryan, for sharing.

1 comment:

Jami said...

It was a wonderful weekend! Maybe the best 4th of July, ever!