Updated: Mar 18, 2018
Apple-Smoked Cured Pork Belly, (Bacon) with the Smoke Hollow Pro Series Smoker.
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup apple butter
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon curing salt
4-5 pound pork belly (skin removed)
In a bowl combine the salt, apple butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and curing salt. Put the pork belly in a 2 gallon zip-top bag. With the fat side up apply 1/3 of the paste, and rub in. Turn the pork belly over and apply the remaining paste and rub in. Seal the bag and place in the refrigerator for 7 days. Turn the pork belly over once a day.
After 7 days remove the pork from the bag and rinse off with cold water. Slice off a small piece and fry to taste for salt content. If too salty soak in cold water for 2 hours. After pork belly has been rinsed and soaked, dry off and place it on back in the refrigerator overnight to dry out. This process will allow the meat to form a thin coating called a pellicle, which will allow the smoke to stick to the pork.
Heat up the smoker using apple wood to 190-225 degrees. Cook the pork belly fat side down for 2-3 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 150 degrees. Remove the pork belly and let cool. From this point you can slice it up and cook it, or wrap it in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 10 days. Frozen it can last for 3 months.
As always I have made a video showing you how, step by step, to make your own homemade Apple-Smoked Bacon at home. Click on the video below to watch.