So I have already followed a recipe that was posted on the forums using MTQ and it turned out great. I want to try a few different methods and curing techniques. I have now found a recipe that uses kosher salt with no cure. I have a 4 lb belly and used the following ratios: 1 c kosher salt, 1/2 c brown sugar, 4 tsp garlic powder and 4 tsp onion powder and let it sit for 7 days. My question with this recipe is; can this be truly cured and if not will a hot smoke be sufficient? I get a little nervous when reading all the posts by the old hats here warning of botulism. I do not want to take a chance for my family. Any help is appreciated.