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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What did you do today?
« on: July 29, 2019, 08:54:24 AM »
Ingredients

Coarse kosher salt - 3%
Sugar - 2%
Ground Hatch chiles - 1%
Granulated garlic - 0.5%
Granulated onion - 0.5%
Ground cumin - 0.5%
Coarse black pepper - 0.5%
Cure #1 - 0.25%

How to use this recipe...

All those percentages above are a percentage of the weight of the pork belly that is being cured for bacon. I work in grams because it is more precise than ounces.

I take the pork belly and cut it into smaller pieces for easier handling. Then you weigh a piece of your pork belly and use that to figure amounts for ingredients.

For example: if your piece of belly weighs 1000 grams, 3% of 1000 grams is 30 grams, so you would use 30 grams of kosher salt for that piece of belly. See how that works?

Mix a separate batch of cure for each piece of belly. rub all the cure into the piece of belly, then place it into a vacuum bag with all the cure and vacuum pack it. You can use ziplocs as well, just make sure to put it into a pan in case of leakage. The cure will draw moisture out of the meat. When it is all packed, it goes in the refrigerator for 10-14 days.

After that I cold smoke it. During the winter, when temps stay below 40 degrees, I smoke it for 12-24 hours. During the summer, I cold smoke it for no longer than 3 hours. In any case, do not let the internal temp of the meat go over 130 degrees, or you will start rendering the fat out of it.

 After smoking, it gets repacked and goes back in the refrigerator for seven days before slicing and repacking.

Thanks EM! I really appreciate the info, you're a champ for typing all that out.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What did you do today?
« on: July 26, 2019, 05:47:52 AM »
Vacuum packed two kinds of pulled pork, bone-in strip steaks, and potato salad for the freezer. Started 12 pounds of green chile bacon. Seasoned and started green chile strip steaks in the sous vide bath for dinner. Vacuumed the pond, cleaned the pond pump and re-tinted the water. Not sure what else was on the list for today, but sometime here, we gotta start hard piping the pond filter into the pond.

Oh, and while vacuuming the pond, I spotted another bunch of tiny baby fish, so we gotta start making a serious effort to re-home some of these fish.

Haven't been doing any shooting lately, due to fire conditions. Can't shoot anywhere but an actual range, and I haven't had time to go to a real range. On the plus side, the lady next door was going through her late husband's stuff and apparently found some black powder. She's going to bring it over to me when she gets a chance.

EM, green chile bacon just green chiles and bacon or more to it? Inquiring minds want to know.

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I paid after posting that I was in. Went through on my end so hopefully it got to Smokey.

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Congrats to the winners! Great video Dave, this was a real fun idea. Love that display setup you have on your wall by the way.

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Put in for 4 or the 1 that's left in my math serves me right. Either way happy to help out, consider any overage a tip to the house as it were.

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General Discussion / Re: Drinkin and Smokin
« on: July 19, 2019, 05:46:05 AM »
I used to be a big bourbon guy, but now I only have a drink once in a blue moon. When I do I like some Beefeater's Gin, Ice, and a squeeze of lime. I smoke Marlboro Lights, but trying to give that up too.

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General Discussion / Re: The sad reality
« on: June 06, 2019, 09:59:53 AM »
Hey Kirk,

Here in the People's Democratic Republic of Maryland; $20-$30 per range session is the norm unless you're a member of a club; but that is an investment of several hundred dollars and a years worth interviews. Honestly I just pay it while I have to; plan is to leave eventually and never look back but until then it's the cost of having fun.

Our larger ranges here are always at risk from lawsuits, either noise pollution or people saying they found bullets on their property.

What part of murderland do you live in? I used to go to the Hap Baker range. They only charger$7 for all day. Probably gone up since, if it's even still there, but it was a nice range ran by the country.

Oh Hap Baker is still real nice just a tad out of the way. I'm over in AACO so our clubs nearby are crazy expensive, but MSAR and Schraeder's over on the Eastern Shore are nearby; $20 a session is doable for the peace and quiet at Schraeder's.

Cap, I agree. I think the super high prices to keep out the riffraff don't help when trying to build membership / awareness. Unfortunately we have a strong contingent of Bloomberg's Angels here who are hell bent on disarming the kulaks to bring about their utopia.

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General Discussion / Re: The sad reality
« on: June 04, 2019, 10:17:44 AM »
Hey Kirk,

Here in the People's Democratic Republic of Maryland; $20-$30 per range session is the norm unless you're a member of a club; but that is an investment of several hundred dollars and a years worth interviews. Honestly I just pay it while I have to; plan is to leave eventually and never look back but until then it's the cost of having fun.

Our larger ranges here are always at risk from lawsuits, either noise pollution or people saying they found bullets on their property.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Easter
« on: April 22, 2019, 10:17:03 AM »
Same to you!

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Media Matters / Re: Anyone else here a "Western nut"?
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:07:41 AM »
From what I understand the "Django" series on Amazon were Italian westerns. The modern "Django" was Tarantino's "homage" (i.e. stealing) to the original where he changed a lot of the plot around. Still don't think I'll give either a watch. The original seems like a reverse Josey Wales, with the lead character being Union.

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Media Matters / Re: Your favorite Western actors, and why?
« on: March 20, 2019, 10:29:55 AM »
My all time favorite is definitely Clint, I've probably watched more with him than any of the others. I'm a huge fan of Lee Van Cleef; guy always played a great character whether hero or villain even his smaller role in High Noon was great.

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Media Matters / Re: Anyone else here a "Western nut"?
« on: March 20, 2019, 10:26:03 AM »
I love westerns. I grew up on watching spaghetti westerns for the most part; I still need to watch the John Ford classics, and a lot of the more obscure ones. Has anyone here viewed any of the original django westerns on Amazon? I'm definitely going to give Sad Hill a watch.

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Tools and other trinkets / Re: knife sharpening?
« on: March 07, 2019, 10:59:51 AM »
Thanks for the links to the stones Richard! Those look real nice. I'll have to try the "felt tip pen" trick and see if that helps me maintain the edge.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Lesson learned
« on: March 07, 2019, 10:35:01 AM »
Damn, I'm sorry your light died, but I'll admit I'm glad it happened to someone else. I keep an led light in my pocket now, so I hadn't used my d-cell maglite in months. Tried to use it a few weeks ago, and it magically transformed from a flashlight into a very heavy cudgel. I wouldn't think batteries in a dry area would corrode like that, but I'm guessing them being connected in a flashlight battery must speed up the process.

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General Discussion / Re: Horrified!
« on: March 07, 2019, 10:03:24 AM »
At least you found ammo that you had arms for. When I was helping my grandfather clean up his workshop years ago I found multiple boxes of .38; since I never knew him to own a revolver I asked about it. He had sold the .38 well before I was born and just forgot about the boxes that were stuffed behind his .12ga shells and .22 cases.

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