Hi butchers! My 4 year old son is on a specific carbohydrate diet (due to high yeast issues) limiting refined sugars. Honey and coconut (palm sugar) are allowed but all others including maple syrup are forbidden.
I just bought a Bradley smoker in hopes of making my own sugar free bacon from pork belly but all the recipes I have come across involve a brine that's salt and sugar.
Is it possible to make tasty bacon without sugar? Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks, mardi
Post by BBQ Butcher on May 31, 2011 6:02:26 GMT -5
Sugar is in the cure to offset the salt and give it a specific quality and taste. If you made the bacon without sugar, you would just get cured salt pork.
However, you can substitute the sugar with honey, molasses or agave syrup, which are all natural un-refined sugars. You could also try Evaporated Cane Juice, looks like turbinado sugar. I'm not sure how Splenda or Stevia would work, but it might be worth experimenting with.
If you haven't already, I suggest you join the Bradley Smoking Forum and look for a member named Tenpoint5 (Chris), who is somewhat an authority on making bacon in the Bradley.