- 7 lb veal breast trimmed slightly of excess fat
- 1 cup salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp pink curing salt
- 1 tbsp mustard seed
- 1 tbsp coriander seed
- 1 tbsp juniper berries
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 whole shallot
- 1 whole bay leaf
- water to cover the veal breast completely
Calories: 411kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 61gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 238mgSodium: 11585mgPotassium: 1016mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 3mg
To make the cure for veal breast.
- In a pot add salt, sugar, coriander, mustard, garlic, juniper, shallot, bay leaf, and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer until all the salt and sugar has been dissolved, roughly 3-5 minutes. Then turn off the heat and let it either cool to room temperature or add 2 cups of ice to speed up the process. Once the water is close to room temperature you can add your pink salt to the water. Then place your veal breast in a container that is large enough to hold the veal breast and be completely cover with the water or brine mixture. Pour the brine over the veal and let it cure for 3 days. You can flip the veal over once a day to insure even curing. You can cure it up to 5 days if you want but the veal breast is fairly thin so I did mine for 3 days. Then take the veal breast out of the cure and wash off completely in cold water (Here is where I cut mine in half and left half for my pastrami). Place the veal breast on a rack (think cookie or cake rack). Take a sheet pan and place a piece of parchment paper down on top of the sheet pan. Then place the rack on top of the sheet pan. The parchment paper will catch any excess water that drips down from the veal breast. Place the uncovered rack in the refrigerator for at least 48 hours to dry the meat out. The rack also insures that the bottom of the meat will dry out as well.
Smoking the bacon
- After the 48 hours are over, pull the meat out of the refrigerator. Then either in a stove top smoker or outside smoker, smoke the bacon. I used a stove top smoker with a combination of hickory, mesquite, and apple wood chips. Smoke your veal breast (bacon) until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees. Then cool completely. The next day you are ready to slice thin and fry up your veal bacon (baby bacon).