This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 5 pages for free. If you are a member you must log in now. If you would like to participate, please join.

[ Pitmaster Club Information | Join Now | Login | Contact Us ]

There are 4 page views remaining.


No announcement yet.

1st attempt at homemade bacon- needs adjusting

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    1st attempt at homemade bacon- needs adjusting

    My first attempt at homemade bacon recently was what I'd have to consider a success, however, it turned out a little salty for my wife's and my own tastes. Can I safely cut down on the table salt in the recipe to lessen that aspect or not??

    1 gallon water
    1 c non-iodized table salt
    1c white sugar
    1 c brown sugar
    1 tbsp pink curing salt (InstaCure #1)
    allowed meat to sit in this brine solution for 2 weeks in fridge, then smoked in smoker per Meatheads rules (about 2 hours, until internal temp was 150)

    good, but a little on the too salty side for our preferences, remedies???

    I had the same issue with saltiness. I didn't brine it the same way though. i dry rubbed it and let it sit in a ziploc for a week. I think next time i may let it sit in "fresh" water over night after the dry brine to soak out some of the salt.


      I suggest you try Meathead's recipe / technique. Follow it to a "T" and you will have a very nice result. The first time I did the recipe, I used apple for the wood. My wife thought it was a tad sweet so my second attempt I used hickory and she said it was the best bacon she had ever had.



      No announcement yet.


      These are not paid ads, they are a curated selection of products we love.

      All of the products below have been tested and are highly recommended. Click here to read more about our review process.

      Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

      Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our “buy now” links. This has zero impact on the price you pay but helps support the site.

      Groundbreaking Hybrid Thermometer!

      Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

      The FireBoard Spark is a hybrid combining instant-read capability, a cabled temperature probe, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Couple that with high standards of design and workmanship and it’s a “must own.” Click here to read our comprehensive Platinum Medal review.

      The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

      It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make their 22″ Pro Cart a great alternative! Click here for more about what makes this grill special.

      BBQ And Grilling Gifts For Every Occasion

      Looking for the perfect gift for the BBQ and grilling enthusiasts in your life? Here’s our suggestion for platinum and gold medal-winning products at a variety of price points. Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts.

      Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet’s Dual Tube Burners

      3 burner gas grill

      The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood including dual-tube burners that are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. Click here to read our complete review.