• Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

Summer sausage and MTQ. Help please


Joined Dec 30, 2016
My husband may have messed up. But he used 5tsp. of MTQ to 10lbs. of deer meat. Is it good now or bad.

gary s

SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined Jan 6, 2011
  Good morning and welcome to the forum from East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of                     information on just about everything.



SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
Staff member
OTBS Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
Joined Jun 22, 2009
I don't use TQ, I use cure #1, but it should tell you how much to use right on the package of TQ.

Hopefully someone who uses TQ will see this & respond.



Legendary Pitmaster
Staff member
OTBS Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
Group Lead
Joined Dec 25, 2010
When i use (rarely) MTQ i use 7.5 tsp for 5lbs of meat. For 10lbs it would be 5 Tblsp.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Nov 24, 2011
Did he cook/smoke the sausage yet?  If it's still uncooked, he can correct the amount.  Just un-case the meat and mix in the required additional TQ and restuff.  

Yep, what Rick (NEPAS) said is spot on. For mixing with ground meat, the correct amount according to Morton is 1 1/2 level teaspoons of TQ per pound of meat (1 1/2 level tsp is also the same as 1/2 of a level TABLESPOON when calculating for multiple pounds of total ground meat).  If using as a rub or brine, the amounts are different.

Also if the recipe originally called for Cure #1 or "pink salt" and you are substituting Tender Quick, make sure to cut back on any additional salt you add as TQ has a significant salt base where the other cure does not. Otherwise you may have an overly salty finished product.
Last edited:

Latest posts

Hot Threads

Top Bottom
  AdBlock Detected

We noticed that you're using an ad-blocker, which could block some critical website features. For the best possible site experience please take a moment to disable your AdBlocker.