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Buckboard Bacon

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Over the Christmas season I make homemade (or house made, which seems to be more in style now and has been commandeered by restaurants) food gifts. While preparing twenty-five pounds of bacon using my standard recipe I also had purchased a whole shoulder, so I decided to cut off five pounds and make buckboard bacon. No idea why it’s called that, other than the pioneer reference, but a standard bacon cure can be used for any cut of pork and it will taste like bacon. Here’s the recipe for simplicity’s…read more

Smoked Pork Picnic Shoulder

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A few weeks ago a local grocery store had pork picnic shoulder for $0.77 per pound so I picked up eight: seven in the freezer and one for the barbeque.  Nice fatty pork shoulder is perfect for low and slow cooking so I applied my usual dry rub and left it in the fridge for a day.  After that I started a fire in my Big Green Egg and once it was steady at 200F I put in the plate setter, a drip pan and the shoulder.  Twelve hours later I…read more

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Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

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First off let me say this isn’t pulled pork.  I don’t like the mushy texture and sauce of pulled pork: I like slices of succulent smoked pork shoulder on a bun with a hit of mustard barbeque sauce. I had a de-boned whole pork shoulder in the freezer that was in two pieces.  After a good defrosting I applied a basic dry rub: equal parts brown sugar, kosher salt, black pepper and paprika.  Left the pork in the refrigerator for a day and then smoked it on my Big Green…read more

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Pork sirloin

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I’ve been buying whole pork loins lately: they come with a lovely pork loin for about two thirds and sirloin for the last third.  The loin is very nice but the sirloin on these pieces is jagged and just isn’t pretty, so I cut it off.  I find this cut works wonderfully for two applications: my bacon recipe and a slow roast smoked on my big green egg. The front roast is my smoked slow roasted sirloin and in the rear is the cured and smoked bacon sirloin.  The sirloin is…read more

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Cold Smoked Bacon

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I took advantage of the freezing weather to cold smoke my latest batch of bacon.  Until now I’ve been hot smoking it: working with a temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit in my Big Green Egg I smoked the bacon for about four hours until it’s internal temperature reached 150 degrees. With the Weber Smokey Mountain I can maintain smoke indefinitely and keep the bacon’s internal temperature to around 100 degrees.  I smoked this batch with sugar maple charcoal and maple chunks for six hours. The texture of the finished product…read more

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My bacon recipe

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After much trial and error over the last year I’ve settled on a standard cure for smoked bacon.  I started with the smoked bacon recipe from Charcuterie and made my variations from there.  I like a sweeter bacon but also want the bite of the pepper.  I enjoy the dark syrup more than the brown sugar, but I’m Canadian and have easy access to excellent pure maple syrup.  A nice fatty pork loin works just as well as a belly if you want an English cut bacon. 5 lb pork belly (or…read more

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