Can I turn side meat into bacon?
January 23, 2013 8:00 PM Subscribe
I live less than 10 miles from Polyface Farms, so last weekend I decided to get my ass out there and buy some meat from them. They did not have any bacon, but they had fresh sliced side meat, which the girl in the store told me could be cured like bacon, but she did not really know how to do it herself. Against my better judgment, I bought a package.
posted by starvingartist to food & drink (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Can I transform this into anything like bacon? The net searches I've done so far have yielded either instructions for curing a whole piece of pork belly, which this is not, or reports that side meat is like old-fashioned bacon before nitrates, and most people now don't like the way it tastes. I'm a little stymied.
Could I defrost the slices, stick them in a bag with some salt, pepper and liquid smoke (I do not own a smoker and do not have the resources to build or buy one right now), and let them sit for a few days? Or do I have to suck it up and fry these up as they are and hope for the best?