"It's been while." "I don't know why it's taken so long..." Thoughts that go through my head. The wait is over. But it just began! I started some belly curing in Pop's brine recipe, with the addition of maple extract and some "black forest seasoning" I found on another site. It includes: White pepper Ground nutmeg Ground mace Ground cardamom White sugar Now the (long!) 2 week wait begins, along with a few days more to air dry prior to smoking. As always, thanks to @pops6927 for the brine recipe.