Type of Sugar for Bacon Cure

Discussion in 'Curing' started by carlo olivares, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. Hi all,

    Im trying out different bacon cure recipes. Usually, the recipes specify that brown sugar should be used.

    However i came across one bacon recipe that doesnt. It just says "sugar".

    Have any of you used white sugar instead of brown sugar to cure bacon? Any noticable difference?

    Thanks!

    Carlo
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use kosher salt, white sugar and cure #1 for my bacon....   I like plain, nothing fancy bacon..
     
  3. Thanks Dave!!! Thats the same recipe i have too. I cant wait to try it out. I normally use some maple syrup as part of my cure and am looking for something simpler and less expensive. Maple syrup (uncle lukes) can go for 20 usd per liter
     
  4. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You can substitute white sugar with raw turbinado sugar. It has natural molasses in it. 

    Also called "sugar in the raw"..
     
  5. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use white or brown. Don't see a difference
     
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    From my reading on here, most folks don't get much maple flavor from adding syrup or sugar during the curing process...  

    I do know I get great maple flavor when I add maple syrup to the bacon just before eating....    AND none is wasted....  
     
  7. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Are you pumping the brine or just soaking?
     
  8. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use Pop's recipe, which calls for both. Equal parts salt, white sugar and brown sugar.  I agree with Dave, the only thing I got using maple syrup or honey was roping. BUT I do use Maple oil now in my cure solution. And yes you do know its in the bacon.
     
  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Kevin....  I have never heard of maple oil....   I'm looking it up....
     
  10. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    There is a differnece between maple extract and maple oil. Maple extract is ok in luke warm or cold application because its alcohol based. The oil works in hi-temp because its oil based. I use a bit less with the oil. And they are both expensive when you use them like I do. Since they now only make the extract in 2 oz bottles (Watkins) I just buy 2 cases at a time. I much prefer maple to vanilla.
     

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