This normal? HELP!!

Discussion in 'Curing' started by integritybbq, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. integritybbq

    integritybbq Newbie

    Need some help guys. I took belly and pork loins out of Pops brine after 16 days. They look grey/brown. Doesnt have a smell at all. I cut the peices in half to see what they looked like inside, The red is where I cut, this normal?

    I cut the bacon to show what the inside looks like, but as you can see the right side still looks pale/brown/grey.

    I injected the loins, It looks cured on the inside???, whats going on the the outside???
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2013
  2. integritybbq

    integritybbq Newbie

    Did a fry test from one of the pink/red ends, cut in 1/2 inch slice. I "tried" to cut that in half like a 1/4 inch slice to check color. Looks pink in the middle, the outside is more white(this is the area that was brown/grey) I have not tasted it as I am not sure if this is good or not. Any advice?

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  3. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What did you use for cure and what was your method for curing?
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think you are ok. You followed Pops brine, you kept it cold, sometimes colors happen, they really should dissipate after smoking. I never felt the need to cut 'em open and look. Place 'em in the fridge to dry, then smoke 'em. I think you are ok, did you cut a small slice and do a fry test? 

    Sometimes slime even develops.... Eeeeewwwww. But usually Ok as long as nothing is growing, nothing is stinking.

    Like I said I think you are Ok,

    PS, Sorry MossyMo didn't see you there.
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2013
  5. integritybbq

    integritybbq Newbie

    I used:

    Pops cure:

    1 gal. cold water
    1 cup salt
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 tbsp. DQ Cure (or any #1 cure, but not Tenderquick with salt added)


    (2) 5lb loins 16 days in brine, I also injected. Picked up 4oz injector with 360 spray nozzle 


    (3) 3lb bellies 16days in brine, did not inject.
  6. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You're Ok.....
  7. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Reason I asked is I am much more familiar with dry curing bellies. So I will stay away from offering my thoughts with wet curing... Will be following the thread to see how things go and learn more for myself!
  8. integritybbq

    integritybbq Newbie

    Well I put everything in front of a fan and air dried them for 4 hours, they were dry but not sticky. Cold smoked everything for 11 hours with pit master blend. They looked more yellow that anything coming out of smoker, hard to tell really in pic. You can see the yellow more in the fat.

    Still haven't tasted anything yet as I would like some more answers if the meat looks the way it should. Well let everything mellow in fridge until then. Thanks Foam for that link, does make me feel better :)
  9. zalbar

    zalbar Fire Starter

    Everything looks A-OK to me and I've made me a lot of bacon. There will be a radical change in color once smoked to temp (140/150?).


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