Got some pig belly. Need a little help with the curing step.

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by blackrifletrucker, May 1, 2010.

  1. Hello everyone.

    Trying bacon for the first time. Ive went and picked up plenty of belly. Also got some AC Legg's LEGG CURE 6.25% which says 1 oz. is good for 25 lbs of belly.

    I see there are some more technical methods of curing the pork, but i also read some people just putting the cure on with a few spices and giving it 7 days in the fridge in a ziploc.

    Im sure that im overcomplicating this, just want a little kick to the butt to get me headed in the right direction.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I usually use Tender quick and some other spices and put mine in a zip lock bags for 11 or so days then smoke them. You measure the ingredients out per lb of meat.
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Actually so far I think you're under-complicating it. I never used that brand of cure, but someone will probably be along to help you out.

    You should first introduce yourself in the Roll Call section.

    Welcome to a great place,
  4. My introduction has been made in roll call. Thanks for the reminder.
  5. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Here is the dry cure/rub I use for my bacon.

    Cured the for 11 Days.
    1 Tbsp Tender quick
    1 tsp onion powder
    1 tsp pepper
    1 tsp brown sugar
    1 tsp garlic powder

    Mix all of these per 1 LB of meat
  6. appreciate it, pretty sure i can manage that.
  7. awesome, much easier when i can compare what i have to something that has been proven.
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This is about the exact recipe I and a whole lot of guys use, but it MUST be Tender Quick, like RB said.

  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now I have only done belly bacon a couple of times and I have used the kit for Buckboard bacon kit from Hi-mountian and it's really good too. But I would try the the recipre that rbranstner gave you it looks yumo to me.

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