Molasses-Cured Pork Shoulder Bacon Recipe

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Molasses-Cured Pork Shoulder Bacon
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  1. Put pork butt, fat side up, on a work surface, then halve horizontally with a sharp large knife.
  2. Stir together water, salt, brown sugar, and Instacure in storage tub until solids are dissolved, about 3 minutes, then add molasses and stir until dissolved. Add ice and stir until cure is cold (ice may not be completely melted; keeping liquid cold slows salt absorption).
  3. Add pork to cure, then weight with a large plate to keep submerged. Chill, tub covered with a lid or plastic wrap, 36 hours.
  4. Rinse pork and pat dry, then discard brine. Sprinkle pork evenly with pepper (if using).
  5. Prepare grill and smoke bacon: See preceding recipe.
  6. Cut bacon crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices with a sharp knife, then fry in a heavy skillet over moderately low heat, turning, until browned. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  7. * Available at The Sausage Maker (888-490-8525).
  8. Cook's notes: ·Bacon keeps, chilled, 1 week, or frozen 2 months. ·As long as you monitor the sawdust as directed, you will probably not need to add more briquettes. If your sawdust does stop burning, however, light more briquettes in same manner and reignite sawdust. ·The preparation for traditional belly bacon is the same as for shoulder bacon, but the curing time is longer because belly is fattier. Halve a 6- to 8-lb belly crosswise and cure 72 hours (3 days). Cold-smoke as for shoulder bacon. Skinless boneless pork belly can be mail-ordered from Niman Ranch (510-808-0340; ).
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1823.68 Kcal (7635 kJ)
Calories from fat 797.76 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 88.64g 136%
Cholesterol 639.44mg 213%
Sodium 6903.9mg 288%
Potassium 3090.68mg 66%
Total Carbs 72.12g 24%
Sugars 67.41g 270%
Dietary Fiber 1.73g 7%
Protein 184.36g 369%
Iron 16.8mg 93%
Calcium 412.9mg 41%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 138.55 Kcal (580 kJ)
Calories from fat 60.61 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.73g 136%
Cholesterol 48.58mg 213%
Sodium 524.52mg 288%
Potassium 234.81mg 66%
Total Carbs 5.48g 24%
Sugars 5.12g 270%
Dietary Fiber 0.13g 7%
Protein 14.01g 369%
Iron 1.3mg 93%
Calcium 31.4mg 41%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 43.5
  • 47

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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