Cooking Bacon With Water
Meat Hacks: Cooking Bacon With Water?
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Adding Water to the Pan for Bacon?
Few things are better than waking up to the delicious smell of frying bacon. However, if you cook it in a pan you get splattering everywhere and if you cook it in the oven you almost have to run the clean oven cycle when you are done. Recently there has been a lot of talk about using an old trick when making burgers on a stove and that is adding water to the pan. It is supposed to reduce splattering and make everything easier to clean up. Sounds like a great excuse to cook up some bacon to me!
So the first step is to get your bacon in the pan before it is hot, then since we are cooking it in water the salt is going to leech out a little so I recommend you sprinkle a salty seasoning like the Signature Pork Seasoning or one of Excalibur’s Rump Rubs, I did the St Louis Rub and it was excellent.
Next, add enough water so the bottom of the pan is completely covered, you can add more to where the bacon is covered but then you have to wait around for all that water to boil off. I tried both methods and found the greatly reduced cook time from covering just the bottom of the pan was well worth the tiny amount of extra clean up that was necessary.
Then you can follow a fairly normal process for cooking the bacon. I started it out on high at around 450° until most of the water had evaporated and then reduced the temp down to about 380 until the bacon was nice and crispy.
I was fearful that I was going to end up with something that was either totally floppy or tasted just like ham but it retained its flavor, though a little less salty than it would have been just in the pan and you can cook it as crisp as you want.
So, would I do this again? Absolutely! And I have been, I have been cooking bacon all day here playing around with this method and trying different things out. So a couple quick tips, thicker slices will perform a little better, if you want a salty bacon then sprinkle on a seasoning with a good salt content like the signature pork rub and once the water is cooked off reduce the heat a little, it will take slightly longer but it seems to improve the texture.
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Thanks for the response!
I think a video on processed celery would be incredible. The only place I have been able to find celery powder as a cure was from “The Sausage Maker”, they have a Facebook page. It was expensive, designed only for sausages, and wasn’t packaged well.
As for the tackiness, good idea with the cornstarch! There are a bunch of big brands with zero additives that were able to achieve the soft texture with no tackiness, so I’m thinking it has to be in the processing. I read an article where someone at KRAVE mentioned a couple details about how they process their jerky. He said they first inject the meat, then cook the whole pieces, then slice, then marinate, then dry. I have messed around with the idea behind this process a lot. Injecting with brine, sous-viding at a variety of temperatures and times, slicing, marinating, and drying. Decent results, but to be honest the high sugar method you introduced to me has seemed to have better results.
Anyway, I will keep trying to figure this out and will definitely keep you guys posted if I make any headway. In the meantime, if there is anything else you think might be worth testing, please let me know! It would be great to try and perfect this process together.
@bob-s-meatgistics I moved one of my first pork butts into the oven and my whole house smelled like smoke. My wife did not stop complaining for a week until the smell was gone from both the house and the oven. I finish all my cooks outside. If you wrap it to speed up the cook you may want to unwrap it for the last hour to put the bark back on it.
@jonathon I am definitely going to purchase and follow the steps you’ve post, thank you sir! Additionally, if anyone has recipes, please share. I’ll try them all and post what my family thought of each. Thank you all, this is a very cool and educational blog, glad I found it wish it was years ago! Thanks again.