Well I've been doing some searching on this forum as well as the internet on curing and rubs, and I'm afraid I'm more confused now... So, is a "Rub" the same or a form of Curing, or are these two different things? I was also looking at "Cold" smoking, so I have a question on this as well. When you cold smoke something...is it already cooked, partially cooked or raw? This cold smoking is what lead me to wonder about curing, as I read somewhere...(can't remember as all the info is becoming blurry) that if you cold smoke the product/meat should be cured first. So if it is cured, isn't it still semi-raw? Would I need to cook it further with heat? I know the salt will preserve the meat...so is that similar to how lemon juice reacts on meat? Maybe I'm analyzing too many things at the same time.. Also, I've decided to get a Masterbuilt 30 as my first smoker and will move on from there once I'm out of the State of Confusion and into the State of Smok'n! I'm sure I'll get some answers as I play with it and see & touch the new toy! If you've read this far, thank you for your time, and please advise if you know my confusion. Aloha!