or Connect
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Bacon Cure

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

I found a pork belly at Costco the other day. Yesterday I used Bear's recipe for a dry cure.  I ended up with four 2 lb slabs put them in zip loc bags and poured the measured cure in, worked it around in the bag.  I then put the bags in aluminum pans (zip side up) the in the refrigerator.  This morning I massaged and turned the bags but one of them had a bad seam and leaked a bit.  I put it in a Tupperware with as much brine as I could milk out of the bag and back in the frigde.  Because the is is only day one in the cure, should I mix up the dry cure and start over or am I good to go in the Tupperware?  Thanks folks.

post #2 of 6
.
Edited by WaterinHoleBrew - 9/27/15 at 9:21am
post #3 of 6
There's no way to know how much cure has been absorbed into the meat. So I wouldn't start over. The safest line to take would be to cook/smoke that belly and have pork belly for dinner. That way it's not a complete loss.

Better safe than sorry.
post #4 of 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post

There's no way to know how much cure has been absorbed into the meat. So I wouldn't start over. The safest line to take would be to cook/smoke that belly and have pork belly for dinner. That way it's not a complete loss.

Better safe than sorry.

Hey Case, so after a day is starting over a potential health hazard ? Like the possibility of too much TQ ? Just curious, thanks Case !
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 


That's what we did. Rinsed, patted dry, let in sit for bit until it got a slight pellicle, put in the Traeger for 1 hr on smoke setting, then bumped  for about 3 hrs, bumped it up to 250, pulled it when it was 180.  Good supper and excellent pork belly sammiches with fresh tomato and guacamole. Came pout a little on the salty side though but there's none left.  Thanks for the input.

post #6 of 6

Not that it matters now but, you would have been fine taking what Brine you recovered and putting it in a new bag. Cure is still effective at much lower levels than what you started at. The very small amount you lost was inconsequential...JJ

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Pork