I am BRAND NEW to smoking- I have a serious question that I could not find a direct answer to by searching and reading threads for the past hour.
I used a homemade recipe for snack sticks, mixed all ingredients into 10 pounds of ground meat and did NOT add any type of cure. The recipe called for cure #1 but I didn't realize I couldn't buy it at the store.
I have the meat in the fridge right now...what do I do to SAFELY make these? Can I use Tender quick (which I think the grocery store carries) ?
If not, I read that a butcher shop will have cure. What type am I after and how much for ten pounds?
I really appreciate help on this as I do not want to poison my kids!!