Newb question about curing.

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by nichiowa, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. So I know this is probably common knowledge here, but I can not wrap my head around it.  Why does everyone cure their meat if they are just going to smoke and cook it until it gets to a "safe" internal temp?  It does not make sense why I would cure something just to cook it, I was under the assumption that when meat is cured it is safe at that point.  Please enlighten me as I as seriously confused at this point.
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When you smoke meat, that happens in a reduced oxygen environment.... If smoking takes a long time, that is a ripe environment for botulism and other food borne pathogens to grow... warm, moist, low oxygen is perfect for botulism.... ground meats like sausage, are especially susceptible.... You can kill botulism at about 185 deg. F but that won't kill the spores... spores will die somewhere around 240 deg. F....
     
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  3. chewmeister

    chewmeister Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    It depends on the temp you smoke at, what you're smoking, and how long it takes the product to achieve a safe IT.
     
  4. So the curing is to make it safe to take an extended amount of time to smoke and get to optimal tamp then?
     
  5. chewmeister

    chewmeister Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Generally speaking, yes. Cured products are usually smoked at a lower temperature than uncured products for a longer period of time. Raw products such as pork butt, uncured sausage, etc. are smoked at higher temps, usually above 200 degrees while cured products are started at and smoked at much lower temps like 160-180 degrees. The cure is there to prevent pathogens from developing at those lower temps. Hope this helps.
     
  6. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Flavor my friend, flavor.  In order to get the wonderful flavor of fully cured bacon,  cure for the cure manufacturers recommended  curing  time.  This is important for the long slow smoking times required for the ultimate end result.  This is not the time to cut corners.  Your patience will be well rewarded.

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