After a long, long time away from the smoker, I'm almost there. My Plug-n-Play controller will be here Monday completing my smoker build. The curing time will give me time to learn the new controller with a couple dry runs. I picked up 18 pounds of loin yesterday. After trimming and cutting chops for a couple meals, I wound up with 5 pieces of loin weighing 15 pounds total. I'm also curing two small venison roasts too.
Meat with chops and trimmings.
Bagged with the sugar and cure.
I'm using Bearcarver's method, but I thoroughly mixed cure and sugar like SQWIB does. It was easier for me to get good coverage on the meat.
Thickest piece was 2 1/2" so I'm planning on 9 days in the cure. 5+2+2 extra just to be sure of good penetration of the cure. With luck, many more Q-Views to follow.
It's been over 30 years since I've had my own smoked goodies. Getting excited.