Adding cure to a marinade

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by bjamm, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. bjamm

    bjamm Newbie

    Hello all,

    I've been reading a lot but cant seem to find the answer to my question.  I am making jerky in my smoker however I'm trying a few new marinades instead of just dry rubs.  Do you add the same amount of 1/4 teaspoon  pink cure salt to the marinade per pound or do you add extra to compensate for the extra liquid in the mix?  Can't seem to find any resourses.  I sometimes sell the extra that I make in vacuum bags but dont want to sell it if I'm not making it safely.

    The other thing that makes sense in my head is say i have 2 lbs of jerky (32oz) plus 24oz of marinade would i need to use enough salt to cover 56oz since some of the sodium in the marinade would not reach the meat possibly? Or do I just use 1/2 teaspoon as normal for 2lbs of meat.

    Thanks for the advice.

  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    PM Dave Omak or Chef Jimmy J.

  3. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I always figure a I/4 t. of #1 per pound. Just my rule of thumb, I think its slightly higher than needed but its a convienent number to use. Remember it is a salt so deduct a little salt from your marinade. Its not like the Lea & Perrins and Soy don't have any salt also..LOL

    BTW I never used all this cure till I started hanging around here, its better to be safe than sorry.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2016
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Cure in Jerky is an Insurance Policy and 1/4tsp per Pound meat is fine as you are not adding Gallons of liquid. Measuring the Salt based on weight of Meat + weight of Liquid applies to Water. If your liquid/marinade is Worcestershire and/or Soy Sauce, add additional salt to taste as there is already a lot there. Get the jerky to 160°F with proper drying and you will have no safety issues...JJ
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2016
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