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Adjusting recipes depending on curing salt.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ak1, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My question is, what adjustments are normally necessary if any based on what curing salts one uses? Is it just the amount of curing salt, or are there other issues?

    Example; recipe X calls for certain ingredients and a certain amount of curing salt (lets say pink salt). Now, what if I'm making the same recipe, but don't have "pink salt" but another curing salt, i.e. Ready Cure in my case. 

    can 
    I just change the amount of cure or are there other issues?
     
  2. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    One more reason why we need a separate section for curing..

    I only use TQ but from what I've read, you go by what the manufacturer of the cure spells out. Not all cures are the same so they won't interchange in recipes like salt and pepper and other spices..
     
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    There are differences in the amount of cure used and also the salt content of the cure. Morton's Tender Quick has a lot more salt than Instacure # 1
     
  4. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Personally I would go by each MFG's directions, personal adjustments would be like self medicating against the MFG's tried and true recipe, This could lead to a Bad Bad outcome.
     
  5. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    So, with a cure like TQ, would I need to adjust the amount of salt used in the recipe?
     
  6. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have used both "Pink Curing Salt" and "Morton's TQ" and they are not interchangeable without some math. 

    Personally, I prefer making my own cures so I can control the amount of salt, but many guys, both novice and advanced, swear by Morton's TQ.  1 oz of "Pink Curing Salt" will cure 25# meat.  To interchange ratios would not be good.

    Todd
     
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    I also use both tender-quik and the pink salt cures. Now you have to use the manufacturers instructions for each one. Now I'm trying to watch my salt content in my new dishes and methods.
     
  8. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Yes you do have to adjust the amount of salt you add to the recipe based on what cure you are using. Most people say to omit the salt a recipe calls for when using TQ
     
     
  9. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I omit all salt when using TQ. That stuff has enough salt to start a salt lick.