Bacon Glossary

Below are definitions related to bacon, including bacon made from meat other than pork. BACON: General Definition The term bacon is used to describe the cured pork belly, from the ‘belly’ or ‘side’ primal cut of pork. In other parts of the world, bacon may come from different cuts. If meat from other portions of the carcass is used, the product name must be qualified to identify the portions, e.g., Pork Shoulder Bacon. “Certified” refers to products that have been treated for trichinae, the roundworm that causes trichinosis. Although bacon is made famous from pork meat, bacon may also from other animal meat: beef, goat, etc. ARKANSAS AND ARKANSAS STYLE BACON Product which is identified as Arkansas Bacon or Arkansas Style Bacon is produced from the pork shoulder blade Boston roast.  The pork shoulder blade Boston roast includes the porcine muscle, fat and bone, cut interior of the second or third thoracic vertebrae, and posterior of the atlas joint (first cervical vertebrae), and dorsal of the center of the humerus bone. Arkansas Bacon – the neck bones and rib bones are removed by cutting close to the underside of those bones. The blade bone (scapula) and the dorsal fat covering, including the skin (clear plate), are removed, leaving no more than one-quarter inch of the fat covering the roast.  The meat is then dry cured with salt, sugar, nitrites, and spices, and smoked with natural smoke. The meat may not be injected or soaked in curing brine, nor may any artificial or liquid smoke be applied to the meat. Product that is prepared outside the state of Arkansas but in the manner...
Pork Belly

Pork Belly

  Pork Bellies The pork belly comes from a pig’s ‘belly,’ or the side of the pig after the ham, shoulder, loin, fat back, and spareribs have been removed. Typically all bones have been removed. It has a NAMP number of 408 and 409. The 409 cut is skinless and has a smooth surface. Cuts associated with the pork belly: 408A is the fat back; 409A is skinless single ribbed belly; and 409B is skinless center cut belly. Appropriate cooking methods for the pork belly include braising, and smoking long and low on the bbq – slow cooking methods to help keep this cut of meat tender. The cut is popular in Chinese and Korean cooking. Renee Shelton’s love for tri tip almost surpasses her love for cake. When she’s not tasting BBQ, she can be found at Pastry Sampler. Photo by Executive Chef John Shelton. You can find him sharing his fishing adventures at Dana Point Fish Company. All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...