Smoked Bacon

1:11 am on 25 April 2009

Jacob Brown is a Wellington chef who's currently working at the Bouloctt Street Bistro.

Ingredients

4 litres water
350gms salt
225 gms sugar
40 gms pink salt
1/2 bunch thyme
6 garlic cloves (crushed)
4 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
2 kg pork belly

Method

Combine all the brine ingredients in a large pot. Bring to the boil and remove from heat and refrigerate until chilled.

Add pork belly and weigh down with a plate to keep it completly submerged. Refrigerate for 48 hours.

Remove the pork from the brine, and rinse under cold water. Pat the pork dry.

Place it on a rack and set over a plate (or tray) and refrigerate uncovered for 12-24 hours.

Hot smoke the pork in a box smoker - to an internal temperature of 65ºC. Allow to cool.

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

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