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  • DParker's Avatar
    28 Minutes Ago
    Yeah, when I say the skin was dry the surface is really all I could evaluate in that regard. But I would think that even that makes at least some difference.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Thanks for that. I think Test Subject Number One after this will get a three-minute dunk and we'll go from there. There must be a lot less fat in a wing skin than in breast skin, for the weight or area, I bet. I can't image what I'd have to do to a breast to get the skin to be anywhere approaching "dry" with indirect heat. I guess a lot of times the top side of the skin skin might be dry but the underside is very wet, so I don't know if that really qualifies. I'm sure I've managed somewhat dry skin at some point, especially without a sauce, but I can't think of any time that the chicken wasn't directly over the fire.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    In retrospect...I think my "for a minute" advice was inaccurate. When I flash fry my wings I think I actually drop them in for 2 minutes. My apologies for the slip-up. And given that the skin on a breast is likely thicker than on a wing you might need to add another 30-60 seconds on top of that. Also note that with my wings, they've just come out of the smoker, so the skin is good and dry.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    "Cured ham? No thanks pal. Cured of what? What if it has a relapse on my plate?" ~Tommy Sledge, stand-up comic
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    Update: I tried DP's suggestion to flash-fry a breast in my Presto deep fryer. (It's magic!) I cranked it up to 400 and sank a bone-in breast that had been marinated and mopped in the cooker. I let it swim for about 45 seconds, and Voila!--- This wasn't sufficient to crisp the skin. But I also had the breast skin-down in the basket because I didn't know if I was going to cover the whole breast or not. Next time, I'll sink it skin-up and see if that makes any difference. But I think I'll also have to increase the time. I will say the house smelled like a Chinese restaurant after that, though. Crispy duck? LOL I did the same with some mopped-and-smoked boneless pork chops, and that didn't give me any crust either, but then again, there wasn't any skin to crisp there anyway.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    P.S. About the best I ever do for that Black Label bacon on sale is 2-for-1, so still significantly more than pork tenderloin, which is $4.49-4.99 a pound, depending.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    Heck...I must be doing something wrong. I'm paying something like $8 for 12 oz. of Hormel Black Label when it's not on sale...Which makes it WAY more than twice what I pay per pound of pork tenderloin chops. When I look up "premium bacon" on the store's website, I see prices more like $3 and $4 a pound ($4.50 for premium turkey "bacon")...I think this calls for an investigation. Somebody doesn't know what premium bacon is, and I'm not saying it's not me...But I'm not saying it is me, either...LOL I deliberately was avoiding the question of the cost of time. Playing with fire and cooking meat is a pure reward...There is no cost exchanged for value...:grin: However, I AM once again disappointed in my prospects of ever justifying getting into reloading...LOL
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  • billy b's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    I have a 10# pork loin in the fridge curing since last Wed, gonna smoke it lightly next Wed. lots of Canadian bacon.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    I've been nosing around the webz seeing how others do this, and so far I think I'm leaning towards 5 lbs of belly in a plastic bag for a week in the fridge with the following: 5 tablespoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon curing salt (aka Prague Powder #1, aka sodium nitrite) cup maple syrup 4 tablespoons bourbon 4 garlic cloves, smashed 3 tablespoon black peppercorns, crushed 4 teaspoons fresh thyme 2 teaspoon fennel seed, toasted 2 teaspoon coriander seed, toasted That's a good question. Leaving aside the question of the value of one's time (which I'd probably just fritter away on some other non-essential pursuit anyway) I think I might...but not by enough to matter. The cheapest I can find my preferred commercially produced premium bacon brand (Wrights) at grocery stores is $16.98 for a 3 lb package, so $5.66/lb. In practice I don't buy it 3 lbs at a time because we don't eat it that fast, but I could if I wanted to open it up and freeze most of it for later...so that seems like a more fair comparison (seeing as how making my own is even more time and effort). Now, I'm going to do a 5 lb batch, but that's pre-cured-and-cooked weight. A quick consultation with the oracle of Google tells me that others tend to experience a loss of about 20-25% in meat weight by the end of the process (skin removal, water loss, etc). Taking the average means that the 5 lb chunk of pig I start off with should yield about 3.875 lbs of finished bacon. I think I paid about $3/lb for the pack of pork belly at Costco, so I paid $15 for the 5 lbs I'm going to use, which will end up costing $3.87 / lb of finished product. So I need to spend less than another $1.79 / cooked lb in order to declare a savings (even if a meager one). That's a fraction of a cent less than $6.94 in extra expense for the whole project. Factoring in the cost of the cure ingredients, the propane and wood chunks for the smoker, etc is going to eat a lot of that up. So I'm going to let the prospect of a superior product be my motivation here, not the prospect of saving any money (kind of the same philosophy I adopted for ammo reloading).
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Hours Ago
    I haven't, but I'm interested. Work up a good brine and spend a little skinning and refrigerator time, and a couple hours in the smoker...It would be worth a few shots. The question is can you come out ahead compared to premium bacon on sale. They say the taste of homemade will be different because-- leaving special seasonings and flavorings aside--I don't think store-bought is actually smoked anymore. (Maybe some is). And I would think homemade is a bit less expensive than even on-sale bacon. I wonder if there's any chance you could get it to premium-quality in terms of the minimization of fat, though. (The reason I mention bacon on sale is that's about the only way I'll buy it any more. Has anyone else noticed the prices? Holy moly! We grow more pigs than anywhere else in the country, I believe, and the stores want almost twice as much for premium bacon as I pay for boneless pork tenderloin chops!)
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    7 Hours Ago
    Nice! I'll be cranking up the catfish operation here shortly, myself.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    7 Hours Ago
    I distinctly remember when blinds with shoot-through mesh first came out that they were sold on the ability to shoot rifles through. I don't remember a little barrel port or any such. I am replaying a TV ad in my mind as I type. I wonder if anyone could find a vintage ad on youtube in their spare time and back me up. I'm not going to bother; at least that's my present inclination. Of course, it could be that my memory is faulty. But I remember what I remember!
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  • Wild Bob's Avatar
    7 Hours Ago
    A picture of some cats my son caught...(Well, actually, I caught one of the small ones... Which he loves rubbing in!) Another evening like this...and we'll be having that catfish dinner!
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  • Wild Bob's Avatar
    7 Hours Ago
    - Yea, I don't think it really matters when that protein extraction occurs, just that it does. Although, I have read that some guys feel that allowing that cure to occur once the meat is stuffed is easier than stuffing casings with meat that has already set up...Again, I think its more personal preference than anything...kinda like whether or not to use a Butt-out... :-) Important thing is to just keep on making that sausage IMO...one day you'll be a God when everyone else only knows how to rely on the supermarket and superstore. (That's a joke...I think...)
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  • Wild Bob's Avatar
    8 Hours Ago
    To steal a quote from the Drive-By Truckers song: "I'm guilty of all seven and I don't feel to bad at all." :beer:
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  • Wild Bob's Avatar
    8 Hours Ago
    He did! His shot was a little off...and I couldn't figure out if was due to the screen or just his shooting.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    LOL! Did he at least bag the doe?
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  • Wild Bob's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    Random thought / observation: (in regards to ground blinds with shoot through windows) This past fall, my youngest son and I were hunting some river bottom lands looking to fill his doe tag. This was during rifle season; he was shooting a .308 Win, and we were sitting in my Ameristep Brickhouse blind. He had several does come within range over the course of the afternoon, but each time, they were not in a good position or near the little shooting port holes. After several hours of this, with our frustration growing...he asks me if they come back, or another doe shows up, can he shoot through the screen window... Well, I think it over a minute and I say to him, "Well, they're made to shoot through with bow, but let me kick that around a little more...just see what happens first." After another 45 minutes or so, out comes a couple decent does, and they feed / mossy over within range. He is on them with the scope, and asking me, "Can I take the shot? Can I take the shot?" In the heat of the moment, and against my better judgement, I say, "Yea, go ahead." BOOM!!!!! The whole inside of the blind puffed up and instantaneously settled back down as the concussion occurred / expanded the air in there. I thought it felt like the hat on my head shifted a little too. -It was without a doubt the loudest freaking report I have ever heard in my life!!! I look over at him, and he's looking at me with this pained expression on his face, as my ears were screaming and ringing, both of us momentarily deaf it seemed. We laugh about it now, and we learned the hard way for sure...those screen windows; only shoot through them with broad-heads, not rifles! (By the way, it shredded the screen pretty badly too.)
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  • DParker's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    BTW, I'm contemplating using half of the 10 lb pork belly to make some homemade bacon (no sous vide involved with that one). Has anyone here done that before?
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  • DParker's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    Tasty, tasty sin....
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    11 Hours Ago
    A guy and his wife got a chance to take their dream vacation, a month living in France. They rented an apartment, made some day trips, got to know a lot of the locals and really soaked it all in. As their vacation was winding down and they faced the prospect of going home, they decided to throw a big dinner party for all their new-found French friends as a way of saying thank you and farewell. The afternoon of the party, they were getting everything ready for their friends to arrive in a few hours, when the wife realized she'd forgotten to buy snails for the evening meal. Unfortunately, it was a Sunday and all the shops were closed. She told her husband that he would have to go out to the woods to gather some, and handed him a plastic bucket. Muttering under his breath, the husband started walking down the road 'til he came to a country lane and asked a Frenchman where he might be able to find some snails, and the man pointed him toward the edge of some woods a short distance away. Sure enough, the husband began to find snails where he'd been told to look, and as he gathered them, he noticed a beautiful young French woman walking up the lane he'd just come down. Not for the first time during this vacation, he made a mental note of how exotic and sexy the French girls he'd seen seemed to be, and regretted a little the fact that he'd be leaving the country soon and would probably never see another French girl in his life. "Oh, well," he thought, and continued his snail hunt, eyes glued to the ground. Very shortly, his bucket was nearly full of snails and he turned to hike up to the road and was surprised to find the French girl standing there, watching him. "Bonjour, monsieur!" she said, greeting him with a bright smile. She told him how much she admired him for hunting his own snails, and they struck up a conversation. Before he knew it, they were walking back toward town together. When they came to her house on the outskirts, she invited him to have a glass of wine with her. Well, one thing led to another, especially after she batted her eyelashes at him, giggled and kissed him as they polished off the bottle, and soon things got hot and heavy. The guy couldn't believe his good luck, and afterwards he was so exhausted that he conked out and didn't awaken until early the next morning. "Holy...!!!" The guy jumped out of bed with a start and his heart in his throat, yelling, "Oh no!!! My wife's dinner party!!!" He snatched up all his clothes, threw them on as fast as he could, grabbed his bucket full of snails, and ran out the door. He ran up the lane, then turned on the afterburners down the road all the way to his apartment. He flew up the stairs in such a hurry that when he got to the top, he tripped and spilled the bucket. There were snails all over the landing and all down the stairs. The door to his apartment opened just then, with his very angry wife standing in the hallway, screaming, demanding to know where he'd been all night and how could he ditch her party. He'd never seen her this mad, and that was saying something! His heart was about to beat out of his chest, and he could feel his mouth go dry. He looked at the snails all down the stairs, and he looked at her, then back at the snails, and he swallowed hard trying to catch his breath and croaked, "Come on, guys...We're almost there!"
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  • billy b's Avatar
    12 Hours Ago
    You do know that's a sin don't you????
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  • DParker's Avatar
    12 Hours Ago
    I'm stealing this one! :grin:
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    12 Hours Ago
    LOL...:beer:
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  • The Old Man's Avatar
    13 Hours Ago
    As You Slide Down the Banister of Life, Remember: *1. Jim Baker and Jimmy Swaggert have written an impressive new book. It's called "Ministers Do More Than Lay People." *2. Transvestite: A guy who likes to eat, drink and be Mary. *3. The difference between the Pope and your boss...the Pope only expects you to kiss his ring. *4. My mind works like lightning. One brilliant flash and it is gone. *5. The only time the world beats a path to your door is if you're in the bathroom. *6. I hate sex in the movies. Tried it once. The seat folded up, the drink spilled and that ice, well, it really chilled the mood. *7. It used to be only death and taxes were inevitable. Now, of course, there's shipping and handling, too. *8. A husband is someone who, after taking the trash out, gives the impression that he just cleaned the whole house. *9. My next house will have no kitchen - just vending machines and a large trash can. *10. A blonde said, "I was worried that my mechanic might try to rip me off. I was relieved when he told me all I needed was turn signal fluid." *11. I'm so depressed. My doctor refused to write me a prescription for Viagra. He said it would be like putting a new flagpole on a condemned building. *12. My neighbor was bit by a stray rabid dog. I went to see how he was and found him writing frantically on a piece of paper. I told him rabies could be treated, and he didn't have to worry about a Will. He said, "Will? What Will? I'm making a list of the people I want to bite." *13. Definition of a teenager? God's punishment for enjoying sex. *14. As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way.
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  • The Old Man's Avatar
    13 Hours Ago
    "I NO COME WORK TODAY" !!! Hung Chow calls into work and says, Hey, boss, I no come work today, I really sick. I got headache, stomach-ache and my legs hurt, I no come work. The boss says, You know Hung Chow, I really need you today. When I feel like this I go to my wife and tell her give me sex. That makes everything better and I go work. You try that. Two hours later Hung Chow calls again. Boss, I do what you say and I feel great. I be at work soon........You got nice house!
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    You're damned right I am. :p
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  • billy b's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Are you gonna boil it all????:grin:
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Costco just opened a new store right next door to the office building I work in, so I decided to pop in and get a replacement membership card (I lost my old one a while ago). Then I decided to walk back and check out the meat section...and before I knew what was happening I was putting... 3.76 lbs of pre-cut beef short ribs 6.36 lbs vac-pac uncut rack beef short ribs 10.4 lbs vac-pac slab of pork belly 3.3 lbs beef flat iron steak ...into my truck. Stay tuned...more adventures in sous vidin', smokin' and grillin' to come.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Here's an even worse question:
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