I’m having a go at making bacon.
This is a bit trickier than the other smoked goods I have been making as bacon is cold smoked (and therefore there is much more importance on getting the cure right).
I do not have a meat syringe to inject the cure into the meat, So my curing time is high (about 2 weeks) – that’s a long time for a bit of meat to hang around in your fridge. A meat syringe is just able mandatory once you need to cure bigger pieces of meat. The cure ingress is a few mm a day so a leg of pork will take 30-40 days to cure…
Anyway I have a smallish piece of pork loin which I am curing in a fairly standard cure (Salt, Sugar, Vinegar, Prague Powder #1 [Nitrite]). I am changing the cure every week and should be ready to smoke on the 14th or so.