Hickory smoke powder
Wonder if anyone has used this for making bacon along with the normal cure? Or, maybe before going in smoker?
I’m using Walton’s excal dry rub bacon cure. Any input would be great!
dawg Cast Iron Masterbuilt Team Blue Power User Regular Contributorsreplied to nicholls47 on last edited by
I have not used it but want to. Walton’s was out last time I was there. As soon as I get some, I plan on trying it. From what people have said is that a little bit goes a long way.
PapaSop Team Orange Power User Wisconsin Old-Timerreplied to nicholls47 on last edited by PapaSop
I have used it. Depending on how much salt you like, you may have to do multiple rinses. It’s way too salty for my taste.
Edit: Sorry, didn’t see you were referring to the smoke powder. I have not used that.
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You can inject hickory smoke powder (2-3 oz per 100 lbs. protein. I would BELIEVE that the same amount thoroughly mixed with the bacon rub cure prior to rubbing.
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I have used hickory smoke powder several times as an add in to ground products such as snack sticks. I am not sure that it is meant to be used as a rub??
Dave in AZ Military Veterans Sous Vide Canning Traeger Power User Arizona Dry Cured Sausage Dry-Cured Expertreplied to nicholls47 on last edited by Dave in AZ
I use and like Walton’s Hickory smoke powder. However, I see it as a spice to be mixed into sausage, to get a smoke flavor when I don’t feel like smoking.
If you are going to smoke your bacon… then why add smoke powder? You already get plenty of smoke flavor from actual smoke, and if you want more just smoke a bit longer! In general, smoke powder and liquid smoke are for use when you want that flavor, but don’t want to actually smoke it.
The smoke powder is just maltodextrin that has been massively smoked. It isn’t very water soluble, seems to clump up when I mix into water with spices. You could certainly add to your bacon in a dry rub, but I don’t think much would penetrate, and if you rinse, it will be washed off.
I think a better method, if you just want to try adding smoke flavor to something before you smoke it for 7 or 8 hrs, might be just wipe the slab down with liquid smoke of your choice before adding dry rub. I think that would get better penetration.
Good luck, let us know how it works out if you do it! Especially cool if you did one with, one without, and compared.