Lading Needle

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by flgatorguy87, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. flgatorguy87

    flgatorguy87 Fire Starter

    Does anyone around here ever use a larding Needle? I've always wanted to try it on certain cuts and it seems like a natural fit for smoking. I remember talking about them and passing them around in Culinary School years ago but I never got to use one.
  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've used a larding needle many, many times.  There are two basic types, a split needle and an eye needle:

    Split needle:

     eye needle:

    The split needle is for putting strips of beef, pork, venison, lamb, etc.into a roast:

    An eye needle can be used in that manner, but hard to keep the strips of fat from breaking.  It is used more for tying fat onto a roast:

    You would put the string through the eye then push the needle through the roast, releasing the string, then pull it out and tie the fat onto the roast.

    Another thing this kind of needle can do is to push the needle through the roast, insert the string, pull it back through, then tie the string to make a loop.  Very handy to hang up a number of roasts on a meat tree, etc.

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