31 Photos - Apr 8, 2013
Photo: ~4lbs raw pork belly from Babes in the Woods (forestfed.com)Photo: ~4lbs raw pork belly from Babes in the Woods (forestfed.com)Photo: ~4lbs raw pork belly from Babes in the Woods (forestfed.com)Photo: ~4lbs raw pork belly from Babes in the Woods (forestfed.com)Photo: Pork belly covered in a cure rub of kosher salt, brown sugar, and some black pepperPhoto: Pork belly covered in a cure rub of kosher salt, brown sugar, and some black pepperPhoto: Pork belly covered in a cure rub of kosher salt, brown sugar, and some black pepperPhoto: Pork belly covered in a cure rub of kosher salt, brown sugar, and some black pepperPhoto: Even Dexter couldn't have wrapped it betterPhoto: In the fridge ready to cure for 6 days, flipping it over every dayPhoto: Apple wood chips soakingPhoto: The pork belly after curing for 6 days and rinsing off the excess salt and sugar.  The pepper stayed on well.Photo: The pork belly after curing for 6 days and rinsing off the excess salt and sugar.  The pepper stayed on well.Photo: The pork belly after curing for 6 days and rinsing off the excess salt and sugar.  The pepper stayed on well.Photo: The hardwood lump charcoal getting readyPhoto: Just a little charcoal, plus some unlit peices and some apple wood chipsPhoto: The belly on the top shelf of the smoker, water in the bowl belowPhoto: Bacon should be smoked between 140 and 180 degrees for 3-6 hours.  I let mine go for about 4 hoursPhoto: You're not smoking until you have a drink in hand!Photo: Here it is after about 2.5 hours, ready to flip overPhoto: Check out that change in color!Photo: I cut off a few slices early to grill with some burgers!  Beef is grass fed, from Polyface Farms (polyfacefarms.com)Photo: Asparagus tossed with salt, lemon peel, black pepper, and roasted garlic olive oilPhoto: Everything starting to get happy.  The GF buns are from the Happy Tart in Del Ray (happytartbakery.com)Photo: Grilled bacon is AWESOME.  Go do this.  Now.  Get off the internet and go grill some bacon!!Photo: The whole meal!  Grassfed burger with swiss, grilled bacon, tomato, lettuce, GF bun, and Sirracha mayo.  Great salad, sweet potato fries, and grilled asparagus to round things out.  And don't forget the cider!Photo: Ready for the closeupPhoto: The finished bacon!  Awesome!Photo: The finished bacon!  Awesome!Photo: The finished bacon!  Awesome!Photo: The finished bacon!  Awesome!