I thought I was getting fresh side without the skin... Guess not. I searched for info on smoking a side with the skin on, and have decided I'll take if off after smoking since it appears to be easier that way, and I have a very deeply ingrained lazy streak running through me... Three questions I haven't figure out an answer to, though. 1. Since I lay the bellies down instead of hanging them, will it make a difference whether the skin is up or down? Or should I turn it over part way through? I'll be using one of Todd's sawdust units. 2. Since cure is portioned by weight, does the amount of cure need to be adjusted to discount the weight of the skin? If it makes a difference, I'll be using TQ. (And no, that's not an invitation to reopen the TQ/#1 brouhaha). 3. Rub the cure on the skin also, or just the meat? Thanks. I plan to rub the cure on in the morning before work, and smoke them next weekend. That gives them 10 days, based on the thickness, that will be more than enough time.