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Disrespecting Bacon ?

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  • holehogg
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 2330
    • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Disrespecting Bacon ?

    This falls under the possible "terrorist" banner.
    Boiling Bacon seems very disrespectful in my book, but I want ahead and did it anyway.

    Covered the base of my pan with water and reluctantly allowed a few slices of bacon to take a dip, all the time thinking I'd hate to see bacon go to waste.
    Gas burner at full blast to get the water to boil off and the turned right down to low to finish the experiment. I turned the slices once or twice during the cook and the fry.

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    Then let the bacon fat cool and some more slices into the pan and fried over low heat for a comparison.

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    The piece at the top of the plate was from the terrorist attack.


    The boiled bacon did not loose it's flavour as I thought it might and had a nice crisp with a soft chew.
    The other had less crisp and more chew.
    I honestly could not tell a difference in the taste of the 2 batches.
    I will use less water next time because it did take a time to boil off and I'll fry the non boil batch in a clean pan instead of left over lard.

    Now to line myself up for the firing squad I enjoyed the boiled better. It kind of reminded me of doing bacon in the oven at a low heat for a long time.

    Will do another test to verify I just can't fit another piece in at the moment.

  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 12683
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      Pizza insert
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      lots of probes.

    Thanx for taking one, (or it looks like ten ), for the team - er - Pit.


    • HawkerXP
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 5476
      • Virginia
      • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
        Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
        Slo n Sear
        Cold beer

      Did he say BOILED!


      • holehogg
        holehogg commented
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        Spell checker faukt I meant oiled.
    • ComfortablyNumb
      Club Member
      • May 2017
      • 3228
      • Northeast Washington
      • KBQ C-60
        Thermoworks Smoke
        Thermoworks Thermopop
        Thermoworks Dot

      Lose the shame, hold your head up high. Christen it 'Blasphemy Bacon' and begin a campaign of promoting it as the best way to prepare bacon. ;-)


      • ssandy_561
        Charter Member
        • Apr 2015
        • 1188
        • Central OHIO

        I hope I don’t get kicked from the Pit for admitting this but I don’t like crispy bacon.

        There I said it.

        Kick me out if needed but I’m not going to cook crispy bacon for me.

        When I cook it in a pan I’ll cover with a lid to prevent it from getting crispy.

        When I cook it in the oven I’ll stack up three or four slices so it doesn’t get crispy while the other pieces get crispy for the others eating.

        I’ve even microwaved it for short periods of time so it cooks but not crisps.

        My favorite way to cook bacon is to get a pound of dry cured uncut bacon and roast the bacon In an oven until cooked but not crisp and eat with a fork and knife.


        • Jfrosty27
          Jfrosty27 commented
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          Do not feel bad. I don't like crisp bacon either. My wife likes it burnt to almost charcoal. Drives me nuts.

        • Jared49
          Jared49 commented
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          Hear, hear, I’m for blubbery bacon as well.

        • Ahumadora
          Ahumadora commented
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          I like canadian or NZ shouder bacon, thick cut with lots of meat. Not a bacon flavored chip.
      • Texas Larry
        Club Member
        • May 2017
        • 1414
        • Wilson County, TX
        • Kamado Joe Big Joe 2
          Weber 22” Premium/SNS
          Weber Jumbo Joe/SNS
          Thermoworks Smoke
          Thermoworks 2K Thermocouple
          Thermoworks Dash
          Too many gadgets, accessories, and tools
          Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

        Well, you’re at least backed up by these guys!


        • holehogg
          holehogg commented
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          So there ae more of us unscrupulous people. I confess to also putting water in a pan for frozen bangers and fresh "Boerewors". I'm sure I saw somewhere sometime ago about using water to cook bacon. At first I thought it was here in the pit then dismissed that idea immediately as not being possibility.Thanks.
      • JCGrill
        Club Member
        • Mar 2017
        • 1728
        • Minneapolis / St Paul burbs
        • Charcoal - 22" Weber Kettle
          Gas - Saber
          Smoker - Green Mountain Daniel Boone
          Portable - Charbroil Tabletop Propane Grill

        And so if you put bacon in chili, stew, or baked beans you are in effect boiling it there too. I see no problem here, carry on.


        • Potkettleblack
          Club Member
          • Jun 2016
          • 1961
          • Beautiful Downtown Berwyn
          • Grill: Grilla Original / Weber Genesis EP-330 / OK Joe Bronco Drum
            Thermometers: Thermapen / iGrill 2 / Fireboard
            For Smoke: Chunks / Pellet Tube / Mo Pouch
            Sous Vide: Joule / Nomiku WiFi (RIP Nomiku)
            Disqus: Le Chef - (something something something) - it changes

          Bacon is not ribs. Yer fine.


          • Troutman
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            • Aug 2017
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            • rickgregory
              Founding Member
              • Aug 2014
              • 678
              • Seattle, WA

              sous vide your bacon. Then fry it on one side. https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/...on-recipe.html


              • holehogg
                holehogg commented
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                When I get the gadget.
            • FireMan
              Charter Member
              • Jul 2015
              • 7674
              • Bottom of Winnebago

              You did mention that it was an experiment. So, chalk this one up to science. Dr. Holehog. Yessir , in the name of science.


              • Ahumadora
                Club Member
                • Oct 2015
                • 2068
                • Pilar Buenos Aires, Argentina

                Doesn't it spit fat everywhere while cooking with the water?


                • holehogg
                  holehogg commented
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                  When the water boils away you turn heat right down and the fat renders as it fries. I had no problems with spitting fat.
              • Dan Deter
                Club Member
                • Jun 2018
                • 448
                • Raleigh, NC
                • Weber Summit S-670
                  Thermapen Mk 4

                Seems similar to the idea of cooking brats in beer before finishing in the frying pan or on the grill.


                • holehogg
                  holehogg commented
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                  Now there's an idea. Bacon beer test.



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