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Canadian Bacon, NooB. Need Help, please.

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Okay, so my wife is wanting some canadian Bacon.  What are the basic, have to do and/or use to make a good canadian bacon?  I don't really know anything about curing anything.  I am sure I can, I just need to know how.  Not sure exactly what to ask, so if anyone could help, and I will ask question later if I have any.

Thank you,

Jeff Z

post #2 of 7

try this wiki by ShooterRick

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/wiki/basic-canadian-bacon

post #3 of 7

The wiki does a great job of explaining the process.  One thing to keep in mind, is you can not use Mortens TenderQuick and pink salt interchangably.  The measurements are not the same (I think it says that in the Wiki, not sure).  Curing at home is fun, easy -- and gives you the best cured meat you can find.  I've been making bacon at home and can't stand the thought of store bought bacon now.  If you are going to get into curing I'd reccomend this book -- it's great -- Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn.

 Good luck with your Canadian bacon.  Post the results.

post #4 of 7

Ricks wiki way is the way I started but I now use a birne when i do it, After you get a couple under your belt you'll feel more comfortable about experimenting with the different methods.

Like Jak757 said, Good luck with your Canadian bacon.  Post the results.

post #5 of 7

Rick and i use the same method as explained in his wiki.

 The only difference is i use dark brown sugar insted of turbinado.

 i also figure my cure time and add 2 or 3 days . I find that the added days seem to me to

to do a better job of curing.

 Also i brush with molasses about half way through the smoke as i like sweet bacon.

post #6 of 7

I would say go by Ricks method, Its detailed and looks like he has made a few to boot.  These wiki's are a wealth of knowledge at a fingers touch.

post #7 of 7

Thanks for the mention guys.  I jsut put 5 lbs of CB into cure with my wiki method today.  I have done probably in the hundreds of lbs this way without a problem.  Just follow proceedures outlined and use the quantity of cure recommended specific to what cure you are using. 

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