WHAT THE )&^#)^%(&[email protected])_ IS THIS STUFF COMING OFF MY HAM????????

Discussion in 'Curing' started by seadog92, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. seadog92

    seadog92 Smoke Blower

    OK people, Ever see the movie the BLOB????  I took my two picnics out of the brine today, and instead of pouring off the water brine (I used POPs recipe and it stayed in for 15 days), I poured off this brown sludge that reminded me what Steve McQueen was running from!!  It was really strange!  No bad smell, no scum or any other type of indicator that shows it had turned bad.

    I've never heard anyone report this....Is it normal? 

    Does anyone know what this might be?   The meat seems fine, no indication of anything out of the ordinary.  Did I not have enough water?  Is this protein coming out of the meat??
  2. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Do a search for ropy as that's what its called, but for the life of me I cant remember what causes it. I think it has to do with sugar purity........If I find something I'll post it for ya....
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  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  4. seadog92

    seadog92 Smoke Blower

    Thank you!!!! Boy was I worried. Next time I'll use dextrose or pure cane sugar.
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't know where you live, but that Blob showed up in Downingtown, PA (Where "IrishTeabear" lives).

    If you can't get rid of it, try using a Fire Extinguisher on it, or freeze it.

    They took it to the Arctic to get rid of it, but with the Global warming, it might be back again!!! [​IMG]

  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When making brine....
    Use boiled, and cooled water or distilled water... and clean everything with vinegar... and or boil the brining solution..... BUT...... DO NOT BOIL THE BRINE WITH THE CURE IN IT...... I have read somewhere, nitrite starts to break down at about 130 ish degrees...
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  7. seadog92

    seadog92 Smoke Blower

    BEAR, I just started talking politics and it slid off the meat and down the drain. Been thinking if it happens next time, I'll ship it to Washington.
  8. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This is not that uncommon.

    As Dave says, be careful about the heat over-activating and negating the cure before you want it to.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  9. zalbar

    zalbar Fire Starter

    Been there, done that. Alarms the heck outta ya the first time you see it. It's like this huge bucket of snot.

    Too much sugar :)
  10. seadog92

    seadog92 Smoke Blower

    It sure did freak me out!!!!

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