curing bacon with out nitrates?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by herman4, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. herman4

    herman4 Newbie

    I want to do my first bacon, but i really dont want to use nitrates. Can this be done? does anyone have a good cure thay can share?

  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you don't use cure, you won't have Bacon.

    How 'bout some pulled pork?

  3. herman4

    herman4 Newbie

    i cant just use salt and suger
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There are ways of doing that---a lot of salt & some sugar, forever curing, but it would have to be done by someone with a much higher pay grade than me, and most people on this forum.

    This has been discussed at length on this forum, and often ends a might heated.

    There is more Nitrates in some veggies than in Bacon.

    Generally if you salt a Pork Belly heavily, you will have salted Pork.

    If you want to make Bacon that is safe to eat, you should use Tender Quick, like the step by step in my signature below, or use one of the "Cure #1" recipes used by a ton of guys on this forum.

  5. herman4

    herman4 Newbie

    thanks, after more reading, i will try your plan!

  6. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    For the first time I would recommend using a pre-made kit such as Hi Mountain Buckboard Bacon Kit that will get you started and help understand the process.
  7. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    just the fact that you are asking this question states that you are not ready for this advanced offence, not many here are, myself included. like paul and bear have stated there are many other ways to get this done and if you are scared of nitrites, then stay away from veggies like spinach and such.....they have way more than bacon.


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