Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by magnum3672, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. I've read a lot of instructions on the curing process and pretty much all of em say to soak your bacon after curing for a couple hours. Why?

    Is it to reduce saltiness?
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  3. I was gonna say.  I thought that was what it was
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You shouldn't have to soak it for a couple hours.

    I soak mine for a half hour most of the time just to get the surface salt off.

    Then I do a test fry, to see if it is too salty.

    So far with using Tender Quick, I have never had to soak longer to get rid of salty taste.

    The only time I ever soaked because of a salty taste was when I used Hi Mt Cure & Seasoning.

  5. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I think your saying to soak the bacon for a few hours after the curing process..... sometimes you need to soak a few times with fresh water. But yes that's the norm. [​IMG]
  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The fry test is the key.  Bacon is salty by nature, but your taster determines how you like it.

    I rinse mine carefully, then fry test.  With Tenderquick, I usually don't have to soak unless I let the curing process go too long.  I have more trouble with commercial corned beefs for pastrami.  I soak them pretty good.

    Again, the fry test will give you a good guide.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Exacatically!  [​IMG]
  8. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I brine cure the bacon here..

    They come out of the brine after a week, rinsed, patted dry, covered with whatever I spicing with and into the fridge.

  9. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Dedicated fridge for brining.  Some people have all the luck, Craig!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  10. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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  11. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    A wise and experienced husband to give me guidance.

    The purpose is to enhance her enjoyment of life rather than getting me a dedicated fridge.


    Good luck and good smoking.

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