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#3569872 - 01/31/14 03:18 PM Buckboard Bacon
JMcB
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I would be a vegetarian if bacon grew on trees - Homer Simpson

Buckboard bacon, cottage bacon, pioneer bacon or whatever else it's called, is made from cured and smoked pork butt. Less fat and less expensive than traditional belly bacon, buckboard is easy to make and above all - porky delicious.

Dry cured & smoked pork butt -


So I fried some of the bacon to make a sandwich. It's a famous sandwich created by the New Orleans salumi shop - Cochon Butcher. Smokey pork w/ collard greens. Sweet pepper mayo, Swiss cheese and toasted thin white bread. Whoda thunk it. A bacon and collard green sandwich. An unexpected combo for sure.

Buckboard Bacon Melt.




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#3569898 - 01/31/14 03:32 PM Re: Buckboard Bacon [Re: JMcB]
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Awesome idea.....How much cure is required for that one?
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#3569941 - 01/31/14 04:10 PM Re: Buckboard Bacon [Re: TAFKAP]
JMcB
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
Awesome idea.....How much cure is required for that one?


I get the bulk cure from Hi Mountain. They also have a buckboard bacon kit but I've not used it. This was 1/2 of a 8 lb butt.

3/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp black pepper.
1 tbsp cure

The cure was for 9 days.
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#3570312 - 01/31/14 09:18 PM Re: Buckboard Bacon [Re: JMcB]
feathersandfur2214
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Looks awesome ! I am going to have to try this !
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#3570439 - 02/01/14 12:17 AM Re: Buckboard Bacon [Re: feathersandfur2214]
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A lot of people on the Brew forum I visit make it...I have been wanting to give it a try.
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#3570447 - 02/01/14 12:26 AM Re: Buckboard Bacon [Re: BamaProud]
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I've never done the kit, but I've done it with pink salt and Tender Quick and it's great.

Works great on venison roast or tenderloin, too.

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#3570665 - 02/01/14 09:28 AM Re: Buckboard Bacon [Re: BamaProud]
JMcB
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 Originally Posted By: BamaProud
A lot of people on the Brew forum I visit make it...I have been wanting to give it a try.


You should give it a try. Put that cooler to work..lol Better yet, pick yourself up a piece of pork belly and make some traditional bacon. Check w/a Chinese grocer on smaller pieces for around $3.50 lb. The commercial guy's bacon is injected with water / liquid smoke and brined for an hour or so causing it to be slimy and sticky when it comes out of the package. You will know by looking on the package when the first ingredient is water. There are a few such as Burgers Smokehouse that do use a dry cure and advertises No Water added, but it's $7.50 lb. So $3.50 for belly might seem expensive when you can buy commercial bacon for the same price but once you make your own, it's hard to go back to the slimy and sticky.

If I could give ya one tip it would be to soak the meat after curing to cut the saltiness. It really depends on personal taste but I'd start at least 1hr per lb. GL and post pix when your done.
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#3570668 - 02/01/14 09:30 AM Re: Buckboard Bacon [Re: Trapper John]
JMcB
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 Originally Posted By: Trapper John
I've never done the kit, but I've done it with pink salt and Tender Quick and it's great.

Works great on venison roast or tenderloin, too.


Yes sir, and use pork tenderloin for Canadian bacon.
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#3570715 - 02/01/14 10:12 AM Re: Buckboard Bacon [Re: JMcB]
jb3
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Bought 1.5 lbs of belly yesterday from my butcher. Planning on braising but that looks good also.
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#3571640 - 02/01/14 11:35 PM Re: Buckboard Bacon [Re: jb3]
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Looks real good
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