Was that 1 level TBS. in the original gallon...... or 1 level TBS. in each 1/2 gallon.....
Originally Posted by shaver
Hi, I'm a new member, 1st post!
I've been cold smoking salmon for about 1 year so have the bug. Bought a 5 lb. pork belly last Sun. and used Pop's brine, cut it in 2 pieces, made the brine and put each in a ziplock with half the brine so it's covered used 1 level tbsp of Prauge #1 salt. Is this enough
Prauge? Somehow I think I should have had a heaping tbsp. I'm planning on leaving it in the fridge for 14 days.
Pops Brine recipe........
real simple curing brine:
for every 1 gallon of water, add:
1/3 - 1 cup sea salt (depending if you're on a lo-salt diet)
1 cup granulated sugar or Splenda®
1 cup brown sugar or Splenda® brown sugar mix
1 tbsp cure no. 1 pink salt
stir thoroughly until clear amber color, pour over meat, inject if necessary to cure from inside-out as well as outside-in
weight down with a partially filled 1 qt or 1 gal. ziploc bag or bags to keep meat immersed
Curing times vary with meat, but generally overnight to 2-3 days for chickens and turkeys, 8-10 days buckboard bacon, 10-14 days belly bacon, pork shoulder, whole butts, 3-4 weeks whole hams, 10-20 days corned beef (fresh beef roasts, briskets, rolled rib roasts, etc.) If whole muscle is more than 2" thick, then inject so it can cure i/o as well as o/i, and/or in and around bone structures, etc.
You can add any other flavorings you'd like, this is just the basic curing brine. 1 heaping tablespoon of cure is about 1 ounce. The maximum concentration allowed safely is 3.84 ounces per 1 gallon of brine (24 lbs.per 100 gallons: 16 oz. x 24 = 384 ounces, 1/100th is 3.84 ounces). You can experiment with different concentrations as long as you keep it between those parameters: