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My bacon has a unplesant taste

Postby Fingers » Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:34 am

Hi Folks

This recent batch of back bacon has what to me would be a slightly rancid taste. I cured this in the usual way I have had success before other than adding a few additional herbs rosemary and thyme.

Disappointed but want to get to the bottom of it, what can cause this, batch of poor quality meat? Morrisons bought, usually ok in the past.
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Re: My bacon has a unplesant taste

Postby gsevelle » Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:12 pm

Where you using fresh rosemary? The flavor of rosemary can be overwhelming to some and may be conflicting with other sweet elements of your flavor profile. How did you prep the meat, wet or dry cured? What temps and for how long did you smoke it for? Was this rasher or streaky bacon?
The smoke is rising and the butt is brining
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Re: My bacon has a unplesant taste

Postby Fingers » Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:31 pm

Dried rosemary along with a little sugar
7 days in a bag in the fridge
I then hung it for about 3 days (the temp did go above 10C)
Unsmoked
Back bacon or maybe Rasher in the US.

I think in future I will just go for the standard Salt, Cure#1, Black Pepper and Junipers.

I have another batch just finished and needing sliced. This I went for Bay Leaf, Rosemary, Thyme, Black pepper, junipers and a little dextrose.

!! think I will slice it now to test it.
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Re: My bacon has a unplesant taste

Postby gsevelle » Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:52 pm

10 C seems a bit high. If I dry hang I use a frig that I have set at 4C to 7C approximation. Give it a good smoke and you should be ok.
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Re: My bacon has a unplesant taste

Postby Fingers » Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:40 pm

Fingers wrote:Dried rosemary along with a little sugar
7 days in a bag in the fridge
I then hung it for about 3 days (the temp did go above 10C)
Unsmoked
Back bacon or maybe Rasher in the US.

I think in future I will just go for the standard Salt, Cure#1, Black Pepper and Junipers.

I have another batch just finished and needing sliced. This I went for Bay Leaf, Rosemary, Thyme, Black pepper, junipers and a little dextrose.

!! think I will slice it now to test it.


Just tried the latest batch (Bay Leaf, Rosemary, Thyme, Black pepper, junipers and a little dextrose) which was hung only for 1 day under 10C and it is GREAT! very nice. So I would think it either a bad batch from the butchers, but more likely the 3-4 days hung at 10-12c made the fat go off. In future I will just dry off in the fridge.
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Re: My bacon has a unplesant taste

Postby DanMcG » Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:36 pm

I rest mine in the frig at 3-4 °c in between smokes and then at lest a week after to mature..
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Re: My bacon has a unplesant taste

Postby BriCan » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:29 am

Fingers wrote:
Fingers wrote:Dried rosemary along with a little sugar
7 days in a bag in the fridge
I then hung it for about 3 days (the temp did go above 10C)
Unsmoked
Back bacon or maybe Rasher in the US.

I think in future I will just go for the standard Salt, Cure#1, Black Pepper and Junipers.

I have another batch just finished and needing sliced. This I went for Bay Leaf, Rosemary, Thyme, Black pepper, junipers and a little dextrose.

!! think I will slice it now to test it.


Just tried the latest batch (Bay Leaf, Rosemary, Thyme, Black pepper, junipers and a little dextrose) which was hung only for 1 day under 10C and it is GREAT! very nice. So I would think it either a bad batch from the butchers, but more likely the 3-4 days hung at 10-12c made the fat go off. In future I will just dry off in the fridge.


Do not rule out the pork, I hang at 12C in a well vented room with a good gentle air flow between cold smoking (72 hours total) and when aging/maturing (7days) I also do the same with green bacon on the aging/maturing and as yet have not encountered this problem

On a side note, I do this for a living :)

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Re: My bacon has a unplesant taste

Postby Audrey » Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:52 am

Looks delicious BriCan. :-)
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Re: My bacon has a unplesant taste

Postby NCPaul » Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:54 am

Welcome to the forum Audrey. :D

We never get tired of bacon photos from BriCan. :D
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