Watching the news last week, I am hearing about the upcoming shortage of pork.
That is not good news for anyone. Especially for sausage and bacon loving folks. But then yesterday on the same news channel. Oh, there is no shortage of pork we are just gonna charge more.
In reality I think the price is going up because of the drought in the mid West. And the federal law that says we have to have ethanol in our fuel, Which is made from corn. So the shortage is cost of feed not animals.
I am not sure about pork but here in our area beef animals are not being replaced, because of feed cost.
Anyway I am about out of bacon. So I called Sysco Food Service, who I have been buying pork belly's from. And got a quote of $2.14 pound. I just bought some back in May at $1.59 pound. Up $.55 pound in 4 months. I called back and cried a little bit and got a better price $1.76 pound. I ordered 120 pounds. The vendor sells Farmland pork, I like their meat. So I will be busy for a few weeks curing and smoking. I dry sugar cure my bacon and smoke with hickory or pecan wood.
I will say this, if you ever make your own bacon you will never eat the store bought bacon again.
Here is a photo of the last bacon I made. If you need the recipe drop a comment. Thanks Bill
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