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  • SwampDonkeyzBBQ
    Charter Member
    • Sep 2014
    • 418
    • Huntsville, Tx

    Family Bacon

    My niece and nephew both calf rope and are always on the lookout to raise money to be able to make as many rodeos as possible every year. They approached me and asked if I would help them make some bacon as a fundraiser to help with their entry fees. They did an awesome job! They made and sold 72 pounds of salty goodness!!

    They started out using my dry cure, giving the bellies a nice thick coating, and then into the refrigerator for about a week.

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    One week later and it's time for a nice coating of coarse black pepper, a 200 degree smoke bath for a few hours, then back into the fridge to get nice and chilly (overnight) before slicing the next afternoon. They did an outstanding job!

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  • RichardCullip
    Club Member
    • Feb 2020
    • 116
    • Poway, CA

    #2
    Makin' Bacon - how awesome is that

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    • mountainsmoker
      Banned Former Member
      • Jun 2019
      • 1851
      • Bryson City, NC

      #3
      Congrats for there ingenuity and stick to itiiveness. That is one big pile of bacon.

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      • Skip
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 3315
        • Blue Earth, Minnesota
        • MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

        #4
        Wow! They will remember this for the rest of their lives. Great work ethic and a great Uncle for helping and coaching them!

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        • Steve B
          Club Member
          • Jun 2016
          • 2983
          • Rockland county New York
          • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
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          #5
          I could fill up my tub with all that bacon and take a bath... YeaHah

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          • klflowers
            Club Member
            • Sep 2015
            • 3260
            • Tennessee

            #6
            Dang, that is a lot of bacon. Congrats on the great fund raiser idea - my kids always sold candy or popcorn or something. If they had a bacon fundraiser, I would have bought it all up.

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            • RonB
              Club Member
              • Apr 2016
              • 12729
              • Near Richmond VA
              • Weber Performer Deluxe
                SNS
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                Smokenator 1000
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                2 Thermapens
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              #7
              Congrats to them for all the hard work.

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              • Mr. Bones
                Birthday Hat Master
                • Sep 2016
                • 9317
                • Kansas Territory
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                #8
                What an industrious crew, Fine Job, all round!!!!

                Looks Great, btw!

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                • grantgallagher
                  Club Member
                  • Feb 2018
                  • 996
                  • NJ

                  #9
                  Now that is one sexy pile-o-meat! Looks really delicious. Have you shared your dry cure recipe? I have only ever used meatheads wet cure method...would be interested in trying bacon with a dry cure. Obviously if its proprietary then dont worry, totally get it.

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                  • SwampDonkeyzBBQ
                    SwampDonkeyzBBQ commented
                    Editing a comment
                    I believe I have shared it here before. I'll get you a copy when I get home this afternoon.

                  • 58limited
                    58limited commented
                    Editing a comment
                    SwampDonkeyzBBQ I am interested in the recipe too if you don't mind sharing it. Thanks, and the bacon the kids made bacon looks awesome! Great fundraiser idea.
                • holehogg
                  Club Member
                  • Nov 2017
                  • 2372
                  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

                  #10
                  Making Bacon, Making Dreams

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                  • tiewunon
                    Club Member
                    • May 2020
                    • 280
                    • Virginia Beach, Va

                    #11
                    Brilliant idea by your niece and nephew for a fundraiser. Who doesn't like bacon. They definitly know their audience/demographic. Not to mention the "favorite uncle" status achieved with the bacon assist.

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                    • TripleB
                      Club Member
                      • May 2017
                      • 716
                      • La Crescenta
                      • Jambo Backyard Smoker
                        Weber Smokey Mountain (22" & 18.5")
                        Portable Kitchen 360
                        Portable Kitchen Grill
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                        Weber "Brownie" Circa 1978 22"
                        Weber Gas Grill, Silver A
                        BBQ Guru ATC
                        Favorite Beer: Peroni
                        Favorite Sports Teams: Rams, Dodgers, Kings, UCLA Bruins

                      #12
                      Fantastic and you must have a professional slicer. I can get slices only half that long on my slicer.

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                      • Trevecky
                        Club Member
                        • Sep 2019
                        • 4
                        • Kenosha, WI

                        #13
                        That looks awesome.

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