How to Cure Bacon at Home

How to Make Bacon at Home


– 1 Pork Belly, Skinned
– Cattleman’s Grill Carne Asada Rub (or favorite seasoning)
– 6 Pounds Brown Sugar
– 3 Cups Kosher Salt


Step 1: Slice the pork belly into three even pieces. Coat both sides of the belly with Cattleman’s Grill Carne Asada Rub rub to taste.

Step 2: Mix 4 pounds of brown sugar and 2 cups of Kosher salt. Lay a half-inch thick area of the cure on the bottom of your pan and place the pork belly in, fat side down. Cover the pork belly in cure a half inch thick. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for three days.

Step 3: After three days, flip the pork belly fat side up. Redress with a mixture of 2 pounds brown sugar and 1 cup Kosher salt. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for three more days.

Step 4: Remove the pork belly from the pan and rinse them under water until all of the cure is gone. Place them on racks to dry for 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Step 5: Preheat your Yoder Smokers YS640 (or other smoker) to 170° and smoke the pork belly for 4 – 5 hours. Once smoked, place the pork belly back into pans and let them sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours to allow the fats to re-solidify.

Step 6: After 24 hours, you are now ready to slice and fry up your home cured bacon. Enjoy!

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Recipe: Perfect Baked Beans

Perfect Baked Beans

Recipe: Perfect Baked Beans



Cut the bacon into 1/2" pieces, and fry them in a large sauté pan. While the bacon is cooking, dice up the onion and jalapeños in 1/4" chunks. Remove the bacon from the pan and place it on a plate or in a bowl. Reserve the bacon fat in the pan and sauté the jalapeños and onions in the bacon fat.

While the vegetables are cooking, empty the four cans of white beans into an oven safe pot (enameled cast iron works very well). Place the pot over medium heat, and add the bacon, veggie mixture, one bottle of American Stockyard Baked Bean Starter and two tablespoons Plowboys Yardbird Rub. Stir the ingredients until combined.

Preheat your grill (we used a Yoder Smokers YS640 pellet cooker) to 350°. Place the pot of beans on your grill and let them cook for at least one hour. Stir regularly to make sure the beans at the bottom of the pot do not burn.

Once the beans have finished cooking we suggest you place them in an airtight container to sit in the refrigerator overnight. This will allow the beans to setup and the flavors to continue to combine. Serve and enjoy!

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