Phil Thomas When I make bacon I do have some fat that renders, I take the bacon to 150 IT. Some fat renders and drips out but with a drip or water pan underneath, it is all contained and the amount of fat lost is negligible for the added safety of taking the meat upto 150 ontop of the cure.
Brine with Sure Cure #2, too long?
I created a brine and do not know if the protein says too long in the wet cure/ brine is a bad thing.
The brine is 1 gallon filtered water, 1 cup non iodized sea salt, 2 cups lite brown sugar, .4oz Ca. Ham Spice, 1 Tbsp. Pink Sure Cure #2, 1Tbsp. ground Black Pepper and 1 Tbsp. Granulated Garlic.
Can I brine it too long? I can soak off the salt and adjust the time for future runs, but my concern is too much cure in product, is that a bad thing and is the amount of Cure to water ratio too strong or correct?
JSmokedfoods I won’t be much help here as we don’t really deal with #2 Cure. 1 TBSPN per gallon seems very low to me but I might be wrong there. It is possible to leave it in too long but that is less of a concern with #2 as it contains Nitrates as well as Nitrites. The Nitrates break down into nitrites so you will have some right away and some for later.
It meant PINK SURE CURE not #2, sorry about that.
Is there an amount that I can add to 50Lbs. of salt and them use it freely in a rub to cure pork belly?
What amount should I use for 1 gallon of water?
If I add too much cure and keep the protein in it too long, is it harmful or bad, what is the outcome?