curing wet or dry

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by mudduck, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. mudduck

    mudduck Smoking Fanatic

    i 'l like to know the best way to cures wet or dry

    on cb bacon and bb bacon how long to cures
    never try curing but i'm uh fixing too
    going to uesd TQ
    wish me luck[​IMG]
     
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    For BBB I use a dry cure but then I do add maple syrup and honey but it should still be considered a dry cure. As far as how long to cure it I belive I cured mine for 11 days if I remember right. I think it also depends on how much cure you use. My cure was mixed at 1 TBL per lb of meat. I think some may use more per lb and that is how they cut back on the brine time but don't quote me on that. Hopefully someone with more experience will be along soon as I am fairly new to brining myself and I don't want to give you bad advice.
     
  3. pepseamani

    pepseamani Fire Starter

    When I do my regular bacon I brine it for about a week. I use 1 cup coarse sea salt, 1 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 cup maple syrup(good maple syrup). Per 4 pounds of pork belly. Rub it in, then put it in a glass container. Turn it over everyday or two for a week. Then remove it, rinse it, then I rub in some cracked pepper and smoked paprika. Let it sit for a couple hours until it gets the film on it. Time to smoke it!

    Good luck. Hope this helps.
     
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use a dry cure for my buckboard and canadian bacons. Then I let then set the canadian for a week and the BBB usually about 8-10,12 days or so. To me the longer the better for you will get a deeper flavor on the buckboard.
     
  5. tjohnson

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

    I posted a very similar question for belly bacon, and got some mixed reviews. Ended up brine curing 15 lbs. and dry curing 5 lbs. with very similar ingredients. We liked both, but all agreed that the dry cured bacon had a better flavor.

    All I can figure is that the water must have diluted the flavor in the brine cured bacon. My next batch will be dry cured.

    Dry cure some and brine cure some to see which you like better.


    Todd
     

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