I can come in here as an outsider, because so far I haven't used any cure #1.
I have so far always used TQ.
However, since I can read all of your comments, I must mention that going by a set process, as far as how much cure #1, and how long to cure is one thing, and going by one of Pops numerous plans to cut down on sodium is another thing.
People must know what they're doing, because if you use one of Pops' lower amounts of cure #1, and not notice that when you use that smaller amount, he is also telling you to cure it for a much longer time, you could get in trouble.
That is one of the problems with a Pro like Pops doing fancy things to cut sodium, and telling this whole board how to do it. Anyone using those various methods had better follow what he does to a T, and not mix this amount of cure Pops uses, with the length of time he uses for a different method.
I hope this makes sense to others.
It kinda tells me that using the regular "higher" amount of cure & the curing time that goes with it all of the time, is safer than trying to follow a guy who knows exactly what he's doing, and maybe getting mixed up while following his methods.
I hope I'm not the only one who can understand my gibberish on this.
Also understand, I'm not saying people shouldn't follow what Pops does (The man is an ACE !!!!), just make sure, if you follow him, you follow him exactly, and don't confuse parts of one of his methods with parts of another of his methods.
Just my 2 Piasters,