I just spent a 1/2 hour making this post and then it crashed and I lost everything. Here it is abridged since I don't want to take the time to write it out again.
I converted HiMtn's cure amount into grams for an easier way to measure out partial poundages of shoulders. It turned out to be 18 g of cure/per 1# of shoulder. So an increase of a 1/2# to a shoulder, would get 9 g of cure added, a 1/3# increase would get 6 g added.
So for a 4# shoulder, it got 72 g of cure applied (4 x 18). For a 4.5#er, it got 81 g (72 + 9) of cure....so on and so forth.
I've got 6 shoulders in the fridge in ziplocks, all applied with this process. Is this correct? I just did this last night so I can probably save the shoulders if I did something catastrophic. THANKS ALL!
P.S.- What's the best way to get large amounts of fresh-cracked black pepper?? I have a feeling my forearms are gonna get really sore!