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Pork Belly - OK to Cut Up?

illini40

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Good evening

Are there any concerns with cutting a pork belly into a couple of smaller chunks to brine/cure, instead of leaving as a whole belly?

For example - purchase a 10lb belly and cut up into three smaller chunks that are all brined/cured together. The brine/cure would all be based on 10lbs, even though it is 3 chunks of 3-4lbs each.

Does this impact the ratios or bringing/curing times?
 

h8that4u

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if doing dry cure then yes, need to weigh each piece to apply proper amount of cure mixture to each slab and then putting in to a Ziploc bag on their own. If doing such in Pop's brine then no. Mix as needed a put all chunks into a bucket that will hold them. At least that is how I understand it.
 

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if doing dry cure then yes, need to weigh each piece to apply proper amount of cure mixture to each slab and then putting in to a Ziploc bag on their own. If doing such in Pop's brine then no. Mix as needed a put all chunks into a bucket that will hold them. At least that is how I understand it.

Agreed.
 

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If you wet brine with Pops brine then it would not matter. Just make enough to cover it all.
 

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No problem with my Pop's Brine! As long as it is covered and not floating n the top, exposing it to the open air; weigh down with a half-full ziploc bag or a heavy plate or similar item. Just add enough to immerse completely.
 

illini40

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No problem with my Pop's Brine! As long as it is covered and not floating n the top, exposing it to the open air; weigh down with a half-full ziploc bag or a heavy plate or similar item. Just add enough to immerse completely.
Thank you! I’m searching but cannot find your brine recipe. Can you please share?

Does the amount/weight of the meat impact your recipe?
 

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Thank you! I’m searching but cannot find your brine recipe. Can you please share?

Does the amount/weight of the meat impact your recipe?
 

illini40

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Thanks again for the replies. I’ve been reading a lot about Pop’s brine.

Just to triple check, the brine recipe/ratios is not dependent on specific meat weight, correct? As long as the brine covers the meat fully, doesn’t matter if you are brining 1lb or 100lbs?

I previously used a dry cure on pork belly, and I really struggled with trimming the belly down to a specific weight so that I could measure out the dry rub/cure well. I’m thinking Pops wet brine is now the way to go - making my life easier with different sizes and weights.

Thanks again!
 

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