Black junk on cured unsmoked belly...

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by inkjunkie, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Took the 3 separate chunks of belly out of the fridge to see if it will fit in a rack I want to use and found these dots. Belly was dry cured.
     
  2. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Where they resting on a silver plated plate?

    Why you ask?

    I had a couple of large plastic metal plated serving trays I liked using. Turned out that something in the cured meat of my sausage was making black spots. Immediately thought of bubonic plague....LOL

    It took awhile but I finally realized that something in the cured meat was reacting to the rusty parts of the tray. Soon as I quit using the trays I quit getting spots.

    Don't know its your problem, but it was mine. It actually made black spots inside the casing on the meat, not the outside where'd you think. It reminded me of an old chem. class where we used silver nitrate and it burnt our hands black. <Shrugs>
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2016
  3. smokinal

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

    Never seen anything like that.

    I would PM Chef Jimmy. I think he would be able to help you.

    Al
     
  4. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's a new one to me. I'm interested to find out what it was.
     
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I thought I kept a picture...... Looks kinda like this, right?



    Black dots............OMG!!    Its DOTS!!

    See that tray they were resting on? It and its twin were the culprits.
     
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    The only time I have seen that color on meat was a reaction with Aluminum foil. A vinegar/wine marinated Meat was in a Steel pan covered in Aluminum foil.  Next day the foil was pitted and there were black spots on the meat...JJ
     
  7. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Yup, that be them...
     

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