Bacon Weave 101
This tutorial is to demonstrate how to make a bacon weave that one sees being used in so many recipes. This tutorial is provided by OU812, who responded to many requests from Bradley Smoker Forum members, for such a tutorial. I wish to thank OU812, for taking the time to photograph each step.Ingredients:
This tutorial uses eight strips of bacon laid horizontally, and nine strips laid vertically, but you can make your weave smaller using the same technique (you may need to trim the bacon lengths for smaller weaves). Do to the purpose of this tutorial, it will not cover how to make a fatty, but hopefully in the near future there will be many recipes on this site that will provide detailed recipes. As those recipes develop, they will be linked to this tutorial.
- 1 1/2 lbs. bacon; regular slice
- Always use a good quality bacon, Farmland bacon is used for this demonstration.
- Allow bacon to come to room temperature so that it can be stretched and shaped easily.
- The finished weave should not have any gaps in it.
Bacon Weave Directions:
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Begin by laying your bacon strips horizontally. Note how the slices are arranged - alternating the fat and lean ends as you put each slice into place. This keeps the weave square, and easier for weaving.
Start at the top, fold back every other strip to the left (the lean ends). Lay one strip (fat end at top) vertically down the middle.
Unfold the bacon to the right.
Start with the second strip down, fold back every other strip to the left (the fat ends).
Lay a strip vertically (lean end up top) making sure it is snug with the folded strips. Now unfold the strips to the right. *As you lay each vertical strip into place, you must alternate the fat and lean ends to keep it square.
Repeat Steps #2, #3 & #5 (fat end up top).
Repeat Steps #4, #5, #3.
Now the left side. Start with the second strip down; fold back every other strip (lean ends) to the right. Lay a strip vertically (fat end at top), and unfold the bacon back over to the left.
Starting at the top, fold back every other strip to the right. Lay a strip vertically (fat end at top), and fold the bacon back over to the left.
Repeat Step #8
Repeat Step #9
Bacon Weave completed.
Place fatty* on top of the bacon. Carefully roll the fatty toward you, fully wrapping it in the bacon weave.
Place seam side down.
Use toothpicks to secure ends. Repeat step on other end.
Finished and ready to serve.
|*Fatties are not the only item you can wrap with a bacon weave. You can use a small roast, pork loin or tenderloin, beef loin, and even one member has wrapped a pineapple in a bacon weave. What you can use a bacon weave for is only limited to your imagination.|