I just used kosher salt, no nitrites at all. Going for a natural cure. I did that for 5 days in the fridge , checking it everyday and draining off the liquid that was being pulled out. on the 3rd day I also massaged 1/4 cup ral maple syrup into the belly. I smoked it last night to 143 degrees, before smoking I rinsed it well added another coating of maple syrup and a sprinkling of light brown sugar. My smoker was running hot so it was only on there for about 3 hours. It is in the fridge and will be sliced tonight. I'll post more pictures later and a review of the taste.