I've been reading Hank Shaw's Blog Hunt, Gather, Cook at Honest-Food.net for a while now, he is full of some great ideas like smoking your own bacon. I have thought about it for longer than I have had a smoker, the fact that traditional bacon is cold smoked has left my fridge DIY Bacon-less until now. French Ventreche is delicious and easy to make.
I bought a frozen pork belly from The Food Locker in Lemoore, Ca on my way home from work. They didn't have any fresh due to the lack of demand for pork belly. After a day of thawing it was ready for me o trim the skin off with a fillet knife.
Once the belly cured for a day I added some brown sugar and black pepper to the mix, rolling and tying it tight. It sat like this in the fridge for another night until I was off work. When I got home I soaked some hickory chips and set the bacon out to prepare it for smoking.
Thanks for reading,