old family curing recipe

Discussion in 'Curing' started by jeromekp, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. jeromekp

    jeromekp Newbie

    Hey guys!!

    My grandfather had a rather strange cure for corned beef. He used to brine the meat but instead of using saltpetre directly he used to powder it , mix it with sugar and set the mixture on fire. he then used to pour water into the charred mixture and strain it , adding the filtrate to the brine.

    Sadly he passed away last October and i was thinking of using this recipe, but im not totally sure about this cure... I was hoping someone out here had heard of a similar cure and could explain to me how it works ...

    Thanks and cheers!!
  2. okiedave

    okiedave Smoke Blower

    Saltpeter and sugar?  Sounds a lot like rocket candy, and an excellent way to light the house on fire!
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Considering the food borne pathogens that can infect meat and subsequently it's consumer, I would stick with USDA/FDA methods....

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