Pepper Bacon Cure Recipe

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When you talk about bacon, homemade bacon is the best. Because you have a chance to customize it according to your preference. Most bacon nowadays is cured in terms of a wet curing process. If you want to follow this wet process, here’s the pepper bacon cure recipe. 

We have our own pepper bacon recipe guide that is well-customizable. This recipe will be highly beneficial even than the store-bought ones. Most importantly, you can adjust the ingredients based on your taste. 

Our recipe will be prepared through all the dry cures. So, it will suit fast food items like hamburgers or sandwiches the most. 

Pepper Bacon Cure Recipe

Pepper Bacon Cure Ingredients

Usually, the pepper bacon cure recipe requires no excess ingredients. Also, it’s manageable with the pantry ingredients. So, our recipe will also be the same. You don’t have to collect any expensive or tough-to-find elements. Ingredients that you’ll need for this recipe are as follows-

Pork Belly (3 Pounds)

Take 3 pounds of pork belly. You should take 3 pounds or 4 pounds if you require it because this recipe is storable. The pork we can use any time we need. So, once you prepare your pepper bacon, you can use them for a couple of months.

Black Pepper Powder (2 Tbsp)

Since we’ll make pepper bacon, black pepper is also the key ingredient like the pork. You need 2 tbsp of black pepper. 

White Salt (¼  Cup)

As the amount of meat is huge, you require a standard amount of salt. And it will be sufficient to cover this 3-pound belly.  Therefore, we’ll take ¼ cup of white salt.

Pink Salt (1 Tsp)

Pink salt you need only 1 tsp as the regular amount. 

Warning: Pink salt contains 6.25% sodium nitrite. So, never ever eat the raw pink salt. It’s only for curing purposes.

Thyme (½ Tsp) 

Adding thyme will bring a nice flavor to your bacon. However, you shouldn’t go for fresh thyme in this recipe. Applying the ground thyme will be better. So, we’ll take ½ tsp of ground thyme. 

Granulated Garlic (1 Tsp)

When garlic is processed with a sand-like consistency is called granulated garlic. In a word, granulated garlic is dried garlic. Using this garlic in this recipe will increase the taste with a pleasant aroma. You need only 1 tsp of granulated garlic. 

However, if you have no granulated garlic, substitute it with garlic powder, garlic salt, garlic flakes, or minced garlic. 

Granulated Onion (1 Tsp)

To make the recipe thick and bulky, we prefer using granulated items like garlic and onion. So, in the case of onion as well, we prefer taking granulated onion. It will also come with a sand-like consistency. Take 1 tsp of granulated onion. If you don’t find it in the nearby shops, substitute it with the onion powder. 

Bay Powder (½ Tsp)

Applying bay leaf in any recipe increases the flavor. So, you can use it in your pepper bacon recipe as well. But, you must use the ground bay. Take ½ tsp of this element.

Brown Sugar (½ Cup)

Most people don’t agree with using sugar in the pepper bacon sure recipe. However, using sugar in this recipe will directly counter the salty flavor. Also, it will add flavor and will enhance the preservative capability. 

So, we would like to add ½ cup of brown sugar. Brown sugar will deliver a nice color than white sugar. 

How to Make Peppered Bacon?

Following the given steps, you’ll be able to cook the recipe-

Step-1 

Take a large container of plastic or aluminum whatever you have, and mix sugar, salt, thyme, bay powder, garlic, onion, pink salt, and black pepper.  

 Mix All the Ingredients
Mix All the Ingredients

Warning: Don’t go for checking the taste, it will seem like blech. We strongly recommend avoiding testing especially when you add pink salt. It will make you sick because pink salt isn’t edible. We‘ll apply it only for curing purposes. So, you must keep it in your mind. 

Step-2

Once you have made the seasoning or brine, you need to submerge the pork belly into the brine. Make sure you covered the whole belly with the seasoning mixture. 

Submerge the Pork Belly into the Brine
Submerge the Pork Belly into the Brine

Step-3

This time, lid off the plastic container and refrigerate it for 10 days. In the halfway of refrigerating, you should flip up the belly and cover the seasoning juice all over on the top again. Now wait until it gets refrigerated perfectly.

Lid Off the Container to Refrigerate
Lid Off the Container to Refrigerate

NB: You must cover the whole pork belly with seasoning properly. Or, your recipe will be spoiled

Step-4

After 10 days of refrigeration, get the container out of the fridge. And, wash the belly with water. Rinse it as much as possible and remove the seasoning. After washing, pat the belly to dry water. You can use a paper towel to pat. It will give a quick dry.

Wash the Pork Belly and Dry It with Paper Towel
Wash the Pork Belly and Dry It with Paper Towel

Step-5

Now take the pork belly and put it on the countertop. As it’s a special treat with pepper, take freshly ground pepper and spread it over the pork. Spread over both sides and mix well.

Spread Pepper Powder on the Pork Belly for Added Flavor
Spread Pepper Powder on the Pork Belly for Added Flavor

Step-6

Now, the pork belly is ready to cook. So, set the temperature to your oven at 200° F. Ensure the internal temperature reaches 65° F considering the thickness. And it will take somewhere between 4 to 6 hours in total to cook the whole pork belly.

Cook the Pork Belly in the Grill/ Oven at 200° F
Cook the Pork Belly in the Grill/ Oven at 200° F

Step-7

It’s now time to take the bacon off the grill. It will look beautiful. 

 Cooked Pork belly
Cooked Pork belly

Now you need to slice the whole bacon. Before slicing the pork,  refrigerate it overnight. Unless it gets cold enough, you cannot cut the pieces. So, cover the pork with aluminum foil paper and keep it in the fridge.

Step-8

Now the bacon is ready to be sliced. So, take a sharp knife and slices it. Keep slicing in relatively thick and country style. 

Once you finished slicing the bacon, you have to pack them to refrigerate. And these bacon are storable for up to a couple of months. 

Best Dishes to Cook with Homemade Bacon

Thousands of dishes are there that you can cook with your homemade bacon. Here are some of the best dishes ideas to cook with pepper bacon-

  • Bacon Cheddar Popcorn
  • Crispy Microwave Bacon
  • Bacon Mac & Cheese
  • Eggplant Bacon
  • Bacon Pizza
  • Bacon Burger
  • Bacon with Grilled Cheese 
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch 
  • Bacon Chips
  • Egg and Bacon Hash
  • Bacon Guacamole
Pepper Bacon Cure Recipe

Pepper Bacon Cure Recipe || Store Your Bacon with Unique Flavor

Store your bacon in a different style to get a unique flavor and taste to your cooked recipes. Learn how to make the pepper bacon cure recipe and store it for months of use.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Cooling Time: 11 days
Total Time: 11 days 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 100kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 Pounds Pork Belly
  • 2 Tbsp Black Pepper Powder
  • ¼ Cup White Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pink Salt
  • ½ Tsp Thyme
  • 1 Tsp Granulated Garlic
  • 1 Tsp Granulated Onion
  • ½ Tsp Bay Powder
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar

Instructions

  • Mix sugar, salt, thyme, bay powder, garlic, onion, pink salt, and black pepper in a large plastic container  
  • Submerge the pork belly into the brine
  • This time, lid off the plastic container and refrigerate it for 10 days
  • Get the container out of the fridge and wash the belly with water
  • Pat the belly to dry water
  • Now spread ground pepper on both sides of the pork belly and mix well
  • Cook for 6 hours at 200° F. Ensure the internal temperature reaches 65° F considering the thickness
  • Take the bacon off the grill
  • Cover the pork with aluminum foil paper and keep it in the fridge overnight to be cold before slicing
  • Take a sharp knife and slices it in relatively thick and country style 
  • Pack the sliced bacon in plastic bags and refrigerate for months of use

Tips

  • Put 5 to 6 pieces of bacon maximum in one bag. Don’t put more than that
  • If you use a plastic bag to refrigerate the pork, make sure it’s big enough to cover the whole pork belly. Or, the belly won’t get cured well, and you cannot make the recipe 
  • It’s important to maintain the temperature while cooking

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Pepper Bacon Cure Recipe || Store Your Bacon with Unique Flavor
Amount per Serving
Calories
100
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Conclusion

For Those who have to cook on a regular basis, this bacon recipe will lessen their hassle. Storing homemade bacon in yoru fridge will allow you to make any dish whenever you require. 
More or less, we all store bacon for any time use. If you store bacon in the most general way, you should change the flavor. And the pepper bacon cure recipe is what will bring you great taste and flavor.

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