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  • dawn117
    Club Member
    • Dec 2017
    • 3

    Hello from Cedar Park, TX

    Hi! I'm brand new to the group and to BBQ'ing. Recently got a Big Green Egg as a gift and am enjoying the learning curve. I found Meathead's articles on making homemade bacon online and decided to give it a try. Am hoping someone here can help with a question (I'm nervous about this particular cook) The Maple bacon recipe says to use 1/2 tsp of Prague Powder #1 for ~3 pounds of pork belly, but the online calculator comes up with 1 tsp (my pork belly is 3.4 lbs) for 150 ppm nitrite. I guess the recipe is targeting 100 ppm nitrite. I'm not sure which to follow? Can anyone suggest which nitrite target is better? Thanks!!
  • FireMan
    Charter Member
    • Jul 2015
    • 7674
    • Bottom of Winnebago

    #2
    Welcome aboard Dawn! I know nothing of the BGE but, there are gazillions of experts here waiting to give you hand! It will be coming shortly. Eat good & have fun!

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    • DWCowles
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 9709
      • Smiths Grove, Ky
      • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

      #3
      Welcome dawn117

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      • Nate
        Former Member
        • Apr 2015
        • 3811
        • Quarantined

        #4
        Welcome from Indiana

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        • kamadoRob
          Club Member
          • Nov 2017
          • 225
          • Brighton, CO
          • Chargriller Acorn
            Maverick ET-732

          #5
          Welcome to the pit from Colorado!
          I use Meathead's bacon recipe even though the calculator will have a different amount. My bellies usually come out around 3.5 to even 4 lbs and I stay with the 1/2 teaspoon with great results! You will really enjoy the home smoked bacon but beware; you won't want to go back to store bought. Enjoy!

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          • Troutman
            Club Member
            • Aug 2017
            • 7197

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            #6
            The attached calculator will give you the weights (as apposed to the volume) of curing needed. Of course you should have an accurate kitchen scale to determine those weights.

            Curing Calculator

            And by the way, welcome to the site, from Houston !!!!

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            • Henrik
              Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
              • Jul 2014
              • 4290
              • Stockholm, Sweden

              #7
              Welcome to the pit! The BGE is a wonderful grill/smoker.

              Since you’re new, and if you haven't already done so, please check out our homework assignment post for new members, it contains a few how-tos and please-dos. This will help you learn your way around so you can get the best experience from our forum.

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              • RonB
                Club Member
                • Apr 2016
                • 12695
                • Near Richmond VA
                • Weber Performer Deluxe
                  SNS
                  Pizza insert
                  Rotisserie
                  Smokenator 1000
                  Cookshack Smokette Elite
                  2 Thermapens
                  Chefalarm
                  Dot
                  lots of probes.
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                #8
                Welcome to The Pit.

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                • dawn117
                  Club Member
                  • Dec 2017
                  • 3

                  #9
                  Originally posted by kamadoRob View Post
                  Welcome to the pit from Colorado!
                  I use Meathead's bacon recipe even though the calculator will have a different amount. My bellies usually come out around 3.5 to even 4 lbs and I stay with the 1/2 teaspoon with great results! You will really enjoy the home smoked bacon but beware; you won't want to go back to store bought. Enjoy!
                  Thanks so much!!

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                  • dawn117
                    Club Member
                    • Dec 2017
                    • 3

                    #10
                    Originally posted by Henrik View Post
                    Welcome to the pit! The BGE is a wonderful grill/smoker.

                    Since you’re new, and if you haven't already done so, please check out our homework assignment post for new members, it contains a few how-tos and please-dos. This will help you learn your way around so you can get the best experience from our forum.

                    Also, it's very important that you:

                    Give us an email address you actually use. You can check the email we have on file for you by clicking your name in the upper-right, then User Settings, then the Notifications tab. You currently cannot change your email on file with us since it’s tied to your Pitmaster Club account as well as our payment processor, Stripe. Don’t worry though, we’d be happy to change it for you. PM (private message) ”Huskee” with your email change request, or via email at [email protected]

                    Add the domain AmazingRibs.com to your email safe list. We NEVER spam! This is important so you can receive special deals we occasionally work out for our members, receive notices about your account, such as if you’re up for renewal or are ever drawn as our monthly Gold Medal Giveaway winner, which is open to all USA members or those with a USA delivery address (we’d hate to have to pick another person because you don’t answer us)!

                    Thanks for joining!
                    Will do! Thanks!

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                    • fuzzydaddy
                      Charter Member
                      • Nov 2014
                      • 4957
                      • Winchester TN
                      • Hardware
                        Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado.
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                        Weber Chimney starters (regular and half).
                        Joule.
                        GrillGrates, GrateGriddles.
                        Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
                        ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

                        Consumables / Favorites
                        KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks)
                        Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins.
                        SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
                        MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPOG.

                      #11
                      Welcome from Florida!

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                      • Huskee
                        Pit Boss
                        • May 2014
                        • 14994
                        • central MI, USA
                        • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

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                        #12
                        Welcome! Glad to have you here and thanks for your support.

                        The difference between the calculator and the recipe is the calculator is designed to be more flexible and more precise, if you had different sizes, shapes, and weights, and/or are targeting a specific ppm.

                        The recipe will work just fine for your belly! And I agree, you'll likely not want to go back to store-bought again. It tastes great after it comes off the smoker but wait til you fry it up!

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                        • Spinaker
                          Moderator
                          • Nov 2014
                          • 10597
                          • Land of Tonka
                          • John "J R"
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                            Minnesota/ United States of America

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                          #13
                          Welcome to the Pit!! We are happy to have you.

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                          • jgreen
                            Charter Member
                            • Oct 2014
                            • 2721
                            • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
                            • Cookers:
                              Broil King XL
                              Broil King Smoke
                              Weber Kettle 26
                              Grilla Pellet smoker
                              Capital 40 natural gas
                              Napoleon Pro 22 kettle

                              Thermometer:
                              Maverick 733
                              Thermapen (ok..4 thermapens)
                              Thermo works DOT (or two)
                              Fireboard (probably my favourite)
                              Thermworks Smoke (or two)

                              Accessories:
                              SnS (original, plus and XL)
                              DnG pans, 6 or 7 of these
                              Vortex
                              Grillgrates
                              and, maybe some other toys as well

                            #14
                            Welcome from Winnipeg. Hope the bacon is great!

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                            • ComfortablyNumb
                              Club Member
                              • May 2017
                              • 3233
                              • Northeast Washington
                              • KBQ C-60
                                PK360
                                Thermoworks Smoke
                                Thermoworks Thermopop
                                Thermoworks Dot

                              #15
                              Welcome to the Pit from NE Washington state. Along with tips, techniques, and recipes about BBQ we have a lot of fun. If you like music, go to this thread to hear what others are listening to and share what you like. For jokes, go to this thread. Happy to have you along and looking forward to your participation. As for your question, I have made several pounds of maple bacon following theMeathead recipe. I don't know what the 'calculator' is. I'm alive and well. It is safe.

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