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New Year's Black Eyed Peas with Homemade Smoked Bacon

Traeger Kitchen


New Year's Black Eyed Peas with Homemade Smoked Bacon

Prep Time

5 Days

Cook Time

4 Hours

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There's nothing better than bacon unless it's homemade. These black-eyed peas are mixed with thick cut bacon, aromatic fresh herbs and the perfect amount of garlic for a dish worthy of celebration.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

8

    Steps

    • 1

      For the Bacon: Place the salt, pepper, and pink salt in a mixing bowl and mix well. Mix in the sugar, breaking up any lumps in brown sugar with your fingers.
    • 2

      Place the pork belly on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle half of the cure on top and rub it into the belly. Flip and sprinkle the remaining cure on the bottom and rub it in.
    • 3

      Place the belly and any excess cure in a large zip-top plastic bag. Place the plastic bag in a roasting pan on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator. Cure the belly for 5 days, turning it over once each day.
    • 4

      Drain the pork belly in a colander and rinse well with cold water. Blot it dry with paper towels.
    • 5

      Place the belly on a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet in a cool place in front of a fan until the surface feels tacky, about 3 hours.
    • 6

      When ready to cook, set temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
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    • 7

      Lay the pork belly directly on the grill grate. Smoke the pork belly until bronzed and firm, 2 to 3 hours. The internal temperature should read 150℉ when an instant-read thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the meat.
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    • 8

      Transfer the bacon to a wire rack over a baking sheet and let it cool to room temperature. Tightly wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Slice and cook or use in your favorite recipes.
    • 9

      For the Black-Eyed Peas: When ready to cook, set the Traeger to 350℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
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    • 10

      Heat a large Dutch oven or cast-iron pot over medium heat. Cut bacon slab into large chunks and place in Dutch oven. Cook, stirring often until bacon is starting to brown on all sides.
    • 11

      With a slotted spoon, remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Add garlic to Dutch oven and cook until fragrant.
    • 12

      Pour in chicken stock, black-eyed peas, bay leaves, thyme, parsley, pepper, and bacon.
    • 13

      Cover and place on preheated grill. Braise for 1 hour.
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    • 14

      Remove lid and cook for 30 more minutes.
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    • 15

      Remove from grill, season to taste with salt and black pepper. Serve with fresh chopped herbs to top. Enjoy!

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