Red Pepper Brine (Alton Brown) Recipe

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Red Pepper Brine (Alton Brown)
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  • 1 medium jalapeno, split
  • 1 cup salt
  • 11/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 gallon water


  1. In a large saucepot, bring the first six ingredients to a simmer. Cook until all of the solids are dissolved. Add water and submerge pork belly. Remove from the heat and place in the refrigerator for 3 days.
  2. After three days have passed, remove the pork from the brine, rinse the belly, and pat dry with paper towels. Lay on a rack over a sheet pan and place in front of a fan for 1 hour to form a pellicle. Lay the pork in the protein box of a cold smoker and smoke for 4 to 6 hours. Chill the meat in the freezer for 1 hour to stiffen for easy slicing into strips of bacon. Slice what you need and keep the remainder in a freezer safe bag in the refrigerator or freezer.
  3. Place the strips of bacon onto a sheet pan fitted with a rack and place into a cold oven. Turn the oven to 400 degrees and cook for about 12 to 15 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your bacon. Remove from rack and drain on paper towels. Enjoy.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 8034.96 Kcal (33641 kJ)
Calories from fat 2164.09 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 240.45g 370%
Cholesterol 326.59mg 109%
Sodium 113721.79mg 4738%
Potassium 2871.71mg 61%
Total Carbs 1467.69g 489%
Sugars 1452.56g 5810%
Dietary Fiber 0.64g 3%
Protein 41.05g 82%
Vitamin C 20.3mg 34%
Iron 16.7mg 93%
Calcium 1325.4mg 133%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 180.93 Kcal (758 kJ)
Calories from fat 48.73 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.41g 370%
Cholesterol 7.35mg 109%
Sodium 2560.8mg 4738%
Potassium 64.67mg 61%
Total Carbs 33.05g 489%
Sugars 32.71g 5810%
Dietary Fiber 0.01g 3%
Protein 0.92g 82%
Vitamin C 0.5mg 34%
Iron 0.4mg 93%
Calcium 29.8mg 133%

* 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

  • 180.6
  • 225

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

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

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