Espresso Maple Bacon — From Scratch

Makes one pound

- Ingredients -
1 lb pork belly
1 shot espresso
(if you don't have espresso, use ¼ cup dark roasted coffee, made at the ratio of 6 tablespoons coffee to ¼ cup water)
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon pink cure
½ cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon ground espresso (or dark roast coffee)
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw

- Tools -
Weston Vacuum Sealer + bag
Weston Smoker
Peach Wood Chips (you can use any, but peach are ideal)
Basting brush
Weston Meat Slicer

Follow our detailed instructions for How to Make Your Own Bacon, From Scratch.

Marinate the pork belly in the brine ingredients 3-7 days in a sealed vacuum bag
Smoke the marinated pork belly for a couple of hours at a low temperature
Before it's finished smoking, coat the bacon in syrup, espresso, and sugar
After allowing it to rest, slice through the bacon with a Meat Slicer

Perfectly crisp, roasty bacon.

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