|Fried Egg, Sharp Cheddar & Canadian Bacon on an Onion Bagel
About 4 weeks ago I would have never thought for a second about curing, smoking or salting my own meat. I would’ve passed it off as something that only a “pro” could handle. Not little ole me. I would have no idea where to begin, yadda yadda yadda. Well, I have been proven wrong in a big way.
After joining in on Charcutepalooza
and purchasing Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing
, reading through the list of what I needed to get started, I set out to purchase a Pork Loin. I roasted half of it for a Sunday Family Dinner and the other half (after cleaning of all fat) went straight in a pot with salt, fresh thyme, fresh sage and crushed garlic and brined in the fridge for 2 days. I convinced the Hubs to buy me a beginner smoker from the home improvement store and I was ready to smoke my very first Canadian Bacon. It was all a little nerve-wracking since I’d never done it before and how would I know when it’s done or how many briquettes or what if I add too much of the wood chips. You know, those questions of doubt that fill our heads when we try something new for the first time. Anyway, I just dove in and did what I thought was right and the end result was Meat Magic. Smoky, a little salty and a whole lot of good! If you’ve ever wanted to give it a shot, now’s the time. Buy the book and start tomorrow. You won’t be disappointed and it may very well change your life as well.
This is post smoker. The black bits are Thyme leaves that didn’t get rinsed off before the bacon was smoked.
Look how gorgeous this is? The best part of smoking this Canadian Bacon was knowing EXACTLY what was used to brine it and how it was smoked. I really like knowing where and how my food was prepared. No bad unknown ingrediets = Happy Farmgirl
We decided to make Canadian Bacon Pizza for dinner the night that the bacon was smoked. I’ve never seen my boys fight over the last piece before. There was some serious negotiations going on at the dinner table that night and I think the 9 year old won!
So that’s it. Are you inspired? It really is quite easy and you could be on your way to smoking in a very short period of time. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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