Quick Brining Question

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by louballs, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. louballs

    louballs Smoke Blower

    Hey Everyone,

    I am just about out of my bacon from last year, so time to start a new batch. I wanted to use pops brine this time instead of a dry cure. I understand the measurements per gallon, but does that have any impact on weight. What I mean is that I plan on brining in a food grade 5 gallon bucket. My belly will be about 12 pounds. Do i use just enough liquid to cover the meat?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yes. As long as the meat is submerged and the brine is the proper strength, it doesn't matter if the meat is just barely submerged or if it's in a swimming pool full of brine, the effect will be the same.
  3. louballs

    louballs Smoke Blower

    Thanks, so just to clarify. As long as the meat is submerged it doesn't matter how much liquid is in there? So 1 gallon of pops brine could theoretically cure 1-5 pounds of meat as long as the meat is covered? The reason I am double checking is because the pink salt to pound ratio is very specific when using a dry rub. Not so with a brine?
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes you can pack 1-5 pounds in there. as long as it is covered by the liquid. This type of curing is different than dry curing. If the meat is crammed in there move it around daily to expose the meat surfaces to the liquid ( I try and keep mine loosely separated and use multiple containers or more brine). On cuts of meat over 3" you nee to inject. Follow the times laid out by Pops. Also only like kinds of meat in the brine, pork with pork, chicken with chicken, beef with beef.

    "Curing times vary with meat, but generally overnight to 2-3 days for chickens and turkeys, 8-10 days buckboard bacon, 10-14 days belly bacon, pork shoulder, whole butts, 3-4 weeks whole hams, 10-20 days corned beef (fresh beef roasts, briskets, rolled rib roasts, etc.)   If whole muscle is more than 2" thick, then inject so it can cure i/o as well as o/i, and/or in and around bone structures, etc.

    You can add any other flavorings you'd like, this is just the basic curing brine. 1 heaping tablespoon of cure is about 1 ounce.  The maximum concentration allowed safely is 3.84 ounces per 1 gallon of brine (24 lbs.per 100 gallons: 16 oz. x 24 = 384 ounces, 1/100th is 3.84 ounces).  You can experiment with different concentrations as long as you keep it between those parameters"
  5. louballs

    louballs Smoke Blower

    Awsome, thank you!

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