Lox are expensive. Salmon filets aren’t cheap, but a helluva lot cheaper than lox. Add some salt, sugar, pepper and smoke, which are pretty cheap, and you can save a minimum of $15/lb. Even better if you have a connection in Alaska who goes salmon fishing, hint, hint, Kate. Start with a whole salmon filet. Obviously the better the salmon the better the lox, but you can still make a pretty tasty batch with a “lower quality” species. Next, trim it into nice rectangular pieces and pat them dry. If you feel any bones remove them with needle-nose plyers. Nothing is wrong with the trim and you can use it for the lox if you like it’ll just make slicing down the road more difficult.
So bacon is good right? And at least on the surface looks pretty easy to make so lets find out. All you need is some pork belly, some salt, sugar and curing salt (curing salt, prague powder, cure #1 are all the same thing, and aren’t 100% necessary but help kill bacteria). After that any other seasoning you want to obtain the desired flavor. Below are the recipes for my first 2, relatively small, batches. Note, this is the first time the metric system has really come in handy for me. The math is so much easier. Black Pepper Bacon 699g of pork belly with skin on. Trim to square up the edges and cook the trim as a delicious appetizer while putting this recipe
On October 26th starting at 5:00, Chicken Corner Brewing will be serving up lovingly crafted beers at Soktoberfest before the Carolina RailHawks game! So put on your finest lederhosen, come out and say hey and enjoy a lot of tasty, local beers. There will be at least 15 amateur brewers along with Raleigh’s Lone Rider Brewing. I’ll be pouring Gamecock Bitter, an English style ESB, and Cuckoo Maran Hot Chocolate Stout, a milk stout brewed with Escazu cocoa nibs and mint leaves. You can come to the beer fest without buying tickets for the soccer match, but you should anyway. UPDATE: The Cuckoo Maran Hot Chocolate Stout received Third Place in the fan voting!