I'm not a gambler - I lack the patience and get bored too easily. I was a favorite with guys I worked with who liked to start off their keg parties with Texas Holdem - after a few hands I'd go all in just so I could go do something else. It was only a $5 buy in anyway If I'm gambling I expect to lose, and I do lose, so I don't do it.
I still want to get a pork belly and make bacon though, so back to my original question . . . is it really as easy as rubbing it with a mix for a few days, then smoking it? That's it? No aging or anything? I'll go do some reading, just wondering how the OP, onthekeg, did it.
Sorry for the delay in answering your question Tom
I rubbed the bacon two weeks ago with Sea Salt and a nitrate mix. For the 3 slabs I had, I ended up using 1oz of Prague Powder mixed in with 1lb of salt as well as a couple oz of maple sugar. I then poured some maple syrup over the slabs and rubbed that in as well. Put them into a rubbermaid tub which was then put into my keezer. I had to take a couple kegs out for the two weeks it was curing.
(Its a 23 cu ft unit so there was still cold beer.)
Every couple of days I would drain off the juice in the bottom of the tub and put it back in the keezer. I don't have the ability to cold smoke properly so these were smoked for 6 hours at 180, as cold as I can go. I sliced these all up yesterday at my parents as he has a meat slicer. Turned out pretty good!