Only one more week to go - hope these firm up soon:
Looks like I forgot to label them. Hope I can tell which one is the garlic and black pepper.
I got a slab of belly pork in brine with some added juniper and bay (and chili).
I fear that I won't be ready in time though.
I put it in on the 23rd.
when it has finished curing, I will cold smoke it.
The night temperatures are just becoming about low enough to be able to cold smoke.
I was expecting a burst of last minute activity. I was also hoping to have my bacon done in time, didn't happen. The Sichuan style was going to be fried up and served with egg foo yung, the garlic bacon was going to be incorporated into a garlic bacon cheeseburger.
So the month is over and we have a winner. I thought that there would much more activity with an ingredient like bacon.
I was expecting many more entries and was waiting on a couple of classics like Beef Bourguignon or Coq au Vin to make an appearance and for at least a handful of people to show their homemade bacon.
Ordo had a very nice entry with the Bacon Amuse Bouche, pork candy at it’s finest.
SylviaM with her Potato, Bacon, Cheddar Tart. I could go for a slice of that with a couple of poached eggs.
Hank with Bacon & Egg Cups and his first foray into making bacon.
JakeTBuds with her take on Tacos Al Pastor, the meat marinated with a paste from a variety of dried chilies and spices, the fresh tomatillo salsa and that blood orange margarita scored bonus points.
So for this month’s challenge, Jake takes home the Bacon!
I too expected more entries and a wider variety, like a classic quiche and bacon wrapped grilled peppers.
I had planned to have some bacon ready, the first slab was to go in the cure before we left for Phoenix a few weeks ago. It didn't, had to chuck it because it spoiled while we were gone. Second attempt took too long. Here is what it look
s like at the moment:
6 hours of cold smoke yesterday ( apple ) and about 4 hours into it today. Maybe Jake will pick a theme that will let me make use of it in the May challenge.
Thanks very much everybody!! I feel honored once again, especially since my food involved no curing!!! The thread inspired me to try, though!!!
There were indeed some great entries. Congrats to everybody who participated.
I’ll try to have May’s challenge up by either this evening or tomorrow morning.