Sweet Lebanon Bologna...PA Style

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Mixed up 10 lbs today for smoking tomorrow.

8 lbs beef, 2 lbs pork cut in

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Cure #1. 2 level tsp added to 2 cups cold water.

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3/4 cup dark brown sugar. Add this to the water for better distribution and avoid clumps.

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Add 3/4 cup SPC to the liquid and mix well.

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Bologna mix. 16 Tbs. Leave out 1/2 cup for taste adjustment.

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Mix 1/2 the liquid into meat and mix in well. Mix the other half. Taste and i needed the other 1/2 cup bologna mix. I mixed it with 4 Tbs water and mixed into meat.

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10 lbs mixed well. Tomorrow i will add 9 tsp ECA and re mix before stuffing/smoking. 

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Cover tightly with clear wrap. Across top and around the bowl. Fridge overnight. Normally i dont do this but its to late for stuffing/smoking.

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Ready to re-fill the open space in the fridge........ great way to start....

I'll grab a chair....
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And i was thinking about getting another freezer even 
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Did some stuffing this morning. Had to use some venison casings. No biggie aint going to eat the casing anyways.

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Starting at 140 for a couple hours, no smoke. Then PID to 160 with smoke for 6-10 hours, PID to 170 after smoke until done.

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Looks great as always.

One question though. What is SPC & ECA?


SPC......Soy Protein Concentrate. Reduces shrinkage

ECA......Encapsulated Citric Acid. Gives a tang. You can use Fermento or Bactoferm also.

Note: Using powdered CA...Citric Acid will start to work right away causing the meat to turn white and mushy. Dont use this unless you know the exact amount to use.
 
Few hours into the smoke, getting good color.

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Now for some bighouse smoke.

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It was a long day yesterday with the bologna. Pulled them at 11 pm from the smokehouse. Hung to bloom overnight.

Ready for the fridge for a day or so.

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Hi there

My name is Mike.

I live in Ontario Canada .

I came across your post about making balona and noticed that you used (ECA)

I have been looking for a good source for (ECA) and thought you may be able to help me out on my search. I am looking to purchase a lb or two.


I am working in the sugar shack today and had time to do some reading on line as our pans soaked . Season is over now and clean up has started the worst part of syrup making.

Any help would be great.

Thank you

Mike
 
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