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Got some pig belly. Need a little help with the curing step.

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hello everyone.

Trying bacon for the first time. Ive went and picked up plenty of belly. Also got some AC Legg's LEGG CURE 6.25% which says 1 oz. is good for 25 lbs of belly.

I see there are some more technical methods of curing the pork, but i also read some people just putting the cure on with a few spices and giving it 7 days in the fridge in a ziploc.

Im sure that im overcomplicating this, just want a little kick to the butt to get me headed in the right direction.

Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 10
I usually use Tender quick and some other spices and put mine in a zip lock bags for 11 or so days then smoke them. You measure the ingredients out per lb of meat.
post #3 of 10
Actually so far I think you're under-complicating it. I never used that brand of cure, but someone will probably be along to help you out.

You should first introduce yourself in the Roll Call section.

Welcome to a great place,
Bearcarver
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
My introduction has been made in roll call. Thanks for the reminder.
post #5 of 10
Here is the dry cure/rub I use for my bacon.

Cured the for 11 Days.
1 Tbsp Tender quick
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
Mix all of these per 1 LB of meat
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
appreciate it, pretty sure i can manage that.
post #7 of 10
I had the same problem. Ignore the name and go by the %of sodioum nitrate. Your's is 6.25% so is like instacure. http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...ad.php?t=92984.

Tenderquick is under 1% the rest is salt.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
awesome, much easier when i can compare what i have to something that has been proven.
post #9 of 10
This is about the exact recipe I and a whole lot of guys use, but it MUST be Tender Quick, like RB said.


BC
post #10 of 10
Now I have only done belly bacon a couple of times and I have used the kit for Buckboard bacon kit from Hi-mountian and it's really good too. But I would try the the recipre that rbranstner gave you it looks yumo to me.
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