Smokin Albertan

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by renskie, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. renskie

    renskie Newbie

    G'day everyone. I'm new here lol! Built myself a cabinet style smoker this summer and have been pumpin out some pretty nice treats so far. Next on the list is a pork loin for jerky but have no idea where to start. Any ideas for this cat by chance!? :)
     
  2. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  3. renskie

    renskie Newbie

    Thanks buddy! That looks and sounds great! Pretty much exactly what I've been looking for but what's this #1 cure I keep seeing and reading about? I'm pretty new to this smoking game! Lol
     
  4. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    In a nutshell, from Wiki. Having never used the stuff, this is all I have for ya. I use Morton TenderQuick for all my curing needs, as it's all I can ever seem to find locally.

    Prague Powder #1


    One of the most common curing salts. It is also called Insta Cure #1 or Pink curing salt #1. It contains 6.25% sodium nitrite and 93.75% table salt.[3] It is recommended for meats that require short cures and will be cooked and eaten relatively quickly. Sodium nitrite provides the characteristic flavor and red color associated with curing.

    Prague Powder #2


    Also called Pink curing salt #2. It contains 6.25% sodium nitrite, 4% sodium nitrate, and 89.75% table salt.[3] The sodium nitrate found in Prague powder #2 gradually breaks down over time into sodium nitrite, and by that time a dry cured sausage is ready to be eaten, no sodium nitrate should be left.[2] For this reason it is recommended for meats that require long (weeks to months) cures, like hard salami and country ham.
     
  5. renskie

    renskie Newbie

    This is what I built as a smoker.. It's my first one! Lol it's trial and error at the moment!
     
  6. renskie

    renskie Newbie

    Thanks again man, I'll have to look around Edmonton here to see if I can find something like that! Everyone on here is a really big help! I dig it, thanks guys!
     
  7. renskie

    renskie Newbie

     
  8. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  9. renskie

    renskie Newbie

    Thanks! It was kinda tricky to get the propane right as I built it duel purpose. Both charcoal/wood and propane. The highest I've gotten it up to when testing was only bout 260-270 (I thought with propane I'd see round 500 if I wanted it but.. That's all she's got! Lol) and the lowest well I just did a couple bricks of cheese last night and had it hovering around 40-60 (hard to tell as my temp gauge is not reliable at the moment. Well I don't trust it anyway! Lol)
     
  10. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ok, first things first, get a good thermometer. That will tell you how the pit is running and it can also save an expensive piece of meat, and also save your people from serious illness!

    500?!? What were you gonna roast? :biggrin:

    The reason I asked about low temps, is that the jerky in the link goes from 125 up to 160, and then back to 125...
     
  11. renskie

    renskie Newbie

    Haha, I know it's on the list the next time I go for supplies! It works it's just not very to the degree accurate.. Like it jumps by 25's, it's the one off my BBQ lol. And I know I wasn't planning on cooking at 500! Lol I just thought with both burners goin I'd see it around there. But yeah that recipe is in the perfect range for what it runs at. I'm pumped to try this out!
     
  12. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice fab work on your build!
     
  13. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF.

    That's some heavy duty smoker you fabricated. Great job.
     
  14. renskie

    renskie Newbie

    Thanks guys! IM happy with the way it turned out, was a lot of work but totally worth the time and effort I put into it!
     
  15. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    welcome and as you can see you will get a lot of help here. I too use Tender Quick by Morton works well for me.
     

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