I've tried reading through the previous posts, and just to make sure I am looking for a definitive answer. On Monday I plan on making my first sausages. Here is the plan: (1) Cut/grind/mix/stuff the sausages, keeping as cool as possible (2) Smoke them all to IT of 155-160 (accounting for varying hot zones inside the smoker) (3) Ice-water bath to prevent shrinkage (amused at irony there) (4) Leaving out for a few hours to "bloom" (5) Vacuum sealing for later consumption So....do I need to use Cure #1 in this process? I'm not cold smoking, so I didn't think so, but wanted other opinions. I'm not opposed to using the stuff, and there probably wouldn't be any harm if I did use it, but just wanted to make sure.