First time making bacon.

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by fatboy-bill, Jan 8, 2016.

  1. fatboy-bill

    fatboy-bill Newbie

    Doing bacon for the first time,
    I'm using MTQ
    Thickest part is 2"
    Used a temp prob in a potato, and the coldest I can get is 38/39 degrees.
    December [email protected] 10:00pm it went into the fridge, turning every day.
    MTQ states 1"/week, so this would bring it to January 12th.
    Would it be safe to smoke this Sunday, removing it and washing it Saturday morning?
    If not the next time that I would be able to smoke it would be Sunday the 17th. I will be cold smoking.
    Thank you for your help.
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The method I've been using for 6 years would go like this. (Learned it on this forum):

    2 days per inch, plus another 2 for safety. Then I have since added 2 or 3 more days(depending on which day I want to do it on) for safety.

    So 2 " X 2 days = 4

    4 + 2 = 6

    6 + 2 or 3 = 8 or 9 days

    So I would Start the Pellicle after 8 or 9 days in TQ Dry cure.

    Smoke on the next day or 2, but a few days longer won't hurt anything.

    Here's a Good one:

    Bacon (Extra Smoky)

    Last edited: Jan 8, 2016
  3. fatboy-bill

    fatboy-bill Newbie

    Thanks. Why does Mortons have such a long period of time, to cover their butt?
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would assume that, because if people have their Fridge too cold, it could take longer.

    Fridge is best between 35° and 39°. I keep mine at 37°.

    I've been using this formula for 6 years, and I always check for cure to center, and have never had one that didn't get all the way to center.

    If the cure gets to the center, it is done curing.

    Last edited: Jan 8, 2016
  5. fatboy-bill

    fatboy-bill Newbie

    Thank you for all your help.It is very much appreciated.
  6. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I would suggest you call the USDA or contact one of the Universities, they will be happy to explain it to you. 

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  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Going by SMF standards and recommendations, when it comes to Cure. It is best to follow the Manufactures Instructions as some contain different proportions of Nitrite and Nitrate and the manufacturer is the best source on how it's used, how much and for how long...JJ
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2016

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