Canadian Bacon Clarification

Discussion in 'Pork' started by travisb, May 19, 2013.

  1. travisb

    travisb Smoke Blower

    I have a 7lb loin from Sam's, which I plan on cutting into a few chunks and making some Canadian Bacon. I've read a bunch of threads, but I'm still a little unclear on a few things. It seems that brining time varies depending on where you look. Some people will use three days, some a couple weeks (for the same size loin).

    For example, Michael Ruhlman uses 3 days for his CB:

    but he uses 4T/gallon for cure.

    Pop's wet cure, and some people use a couple weeks with this:

    he uses 1T/gallon for cure.

    I've also heard of 1 day per 1/4" thickness + 2 days. Not sure where this applies, or if this was for dry cure.

    I did some CB on a tenderloin a while ago. I think I used Pop's cure for about 5 days and it turned out. But it was a tenderloin and only a couple pounds.

    Thanks for any clarification!
  2. Hi Travis

     I have been playing with Canadian bacon of late myself and use a modified version of Ruhlman's recipe and usually do 1 pork loin, between 7 - 8 pounds. I brine for at least 3 days, give it a rinse & then slice off a piece & fry it up to gauge salt level. I do let it sit out uncovered in the fridge for a day before smoking, seems to give it a chance to even out the salt. Anyway that's my two cents, good luck & have fun!
  3. rstr hunter

    rstr hunter Smoking Fanatic

    I've used Pop's brine before with great results.  The difference as you laid out is Pop's brine is lighter on cure favoring a longer cure time over more cure.  I've seen Pop's say that numerous times on this forum and tend to personally like that idea.  It's a longer time to wait, but believe me, it's worth it.  That said, I've never tried Ruhlman's recipe and it may be great as well.  Looking forward to seeing your q-view on this with your thoughts. 
  4. tsin

    tsin Smoke Blower

  5. travisb

    travisb Smoke Blower

    So for Pop's, is 12-14 days the general time to brine, it seems?

    I did Pop's version last time, maybe I'll do the more concentrated and shorter cure this time, and see how it turns out.

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