I have gotten a wild hair due to this forum and for the first time ever I am going to attempt to process my own venison. I am so very confused on the curing part. I see many members who use no cure at all and some who swear by it. I have searched for MTQ everywhere and cannot find it at any local places. I have the buck quartered out as well as the back strap and ribs sitting on ice since Saturday and its ready to come out and be processed. My friends all think I'm crazy but I look for every opportunity to save money and this is one of those opportunities. I guess my confusion is that everything I smoke goes over 140 degrees therefore the need to cure the meat is pointless or am I very dangerously wrong there? I am no expert which is why I am really enjoying this forum so very much. I am just an average joe who loves to cook and my pit smoker and MES 40 are my babies, I play with them as much as possible. Thank you all in advance!