Thanks for the info. Agreed, you can’t cook the spoil out. In the tons of meat I’ve smoked, cured or grilled—I’ve never had any spoil ‘on the rack’–granted I’ve wrecked some, but never had it spoil. What brought this to mind was ground meat. I do a lot of pork butts and whole muscle meat that spends a fair amount of time the danger zone despite my efforts to get it through there within 4 hours but the smoke and heat on the outside is probably high enough to avoid it growing–IT, where little bacteris is to begin with, spends quite a bit of time there. Ground meat though, well let’s just say I am particularly cautious with. Again, thanks for the reassurance.
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RE: Danger Zone Questions/Concerns
Danger Zone Questions/Concerns
This question is relative to imitation bacon but could apply to anything that is cured. I’ve read about the dreaded DANGER ZONE of 40-140, and an associated 4 hour rule. When making imitation bacon where the recommended smoker temp is 170 after two one-hour periods of even lower temps, it would seem that there is little doubt that ground meat is going to spend more time in the danger zone than 4 hours to reach 140. Now, it finishes off at 160 at some point, so despite it being in the danger zone for quite awhile, does the 160 finish temp make it safe again? My imitation bacon contains pork and venison, no poultry. Does the curing process negate the risks of the danger zone timeframe? I’d like to know more. I’m not too concerned because we will fully cook the venison bacon again, well above 160, but would like to increase my knowledge. Thanks!
RE: Pork butt stalled at 143
KenfromMI I can’t speak to the price difference but I switched from foil to peach/pink paper a few years ago. I really like the results I get–it’s a little messier on a pork butt due to the paper basically becoming an fat soaked rag, but the meat just seems better and I’m guessing it is because water vapor gets away but that flavorful fat still is retained. But to the original posters concern—crutching it can help in tough situations–paper or foil, either will do.
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Recently we’ve come across some Honey Ham Snack Sticks that we really like which I think are branded Klements.
Now I find myself with an excess of cured and smoked ham and was wondering how I might take that and stuff it into a snack stick.
Not sure who might have tried something like this so this is the place to go. I would think the ham could be course ground and mixed with a few other ingredients to make something pretty tasty but it would have to be a ‘stuffable’ consistency. Then not sure what do with it after that? - Smokehouse again?, Sous Vide? Looking for ideas.
Thanks in advance for any help!
When should I take ham out of brine
I need to know how long to keep a ham in the brine when I have also injected. This is a very simple cured ham without phosphate, suregel, spice, sodium erythrobate etc. Just Country Brown Sugar Cure.
Using 2lbs of Country Brown Sugar Cure from Waltons in 1 gallon of water. I pumped it to 10% of green weight. I put it in a bag with a cover brine that I made using the leftover pump solution 2lbs/Gallon and added additional water equal to the that weight (essentially now a 50% solution)
Being as I pumped it and am also covering how long should I keep it in the fridge before smoking it? I’ve read different times and my main concern is making sure it is cured.
Thanks so much.
RE: Dry Rub Bacon cure vs. Blue Ribbon--Convert?
Austin Thanks so much. Two things you said really helped me out (well everything, but two in particular) 1) it has Sodium Erythorbate and 2) the PPM in Dry Rub----your math is the same as mine to achieve 120 ppm. I broke up what I have left and try some things. One is dry rub inject, two is to do a more simple traditional cure injection (will miss your great flavor profiles but will still use bacon taste booster, and three–the wife reminded me of a recipe for chunked belly that is bbq’d on the grill which is also great and it will be ready to eat before I’m done smoking. —
On the last one my only concern is how many batches I can eat before I have I would have to schedule bypass surgery—it’s so good but man something that good can’t be good for for the ol’ ticker. Note sarcasm–hopefully far from that point but I’m apparently trying.
Finally, everyone saved the day—should have checked my stock before starting. Now off to the Waltons site to order more supplies!
Dry Rub Bacon cure vs. Blue Ribbon--Convert?
i have several bellies out and ready to go but am short on Blue Ribbon cure. Is there anyway I could use Dry Rub Bacon Cure and add Sodium Erythorbate (I have both) to accelerate the process so I only have to hold overnight? I don’t really want to brine the remainder for days, but if I have to I will have to.
RE: Cover brine, injections and cold phosphate--something wrong
May have narrowed this done to one word…creosote. The challenges of smoking meat in frigid weather. Did some bacon on my next smoke and while not as bad I could identify that same taste when I test fried an end off the slab. One thing I have learned over the years about creosote—it is amplified when it appears on cured meat. I started looking at my setup and I think two things led to this–1, using cabelas pellets for my smoke source and two, the cold ambient temperature in almost dead calm weather caused my stack to not draw as well–so a pellet known for high ash and incomplete burn caused some creosote rather than nice smoke.
I am still looking for advice and other ideas so feel free to jump in—would really like to master the ham making.
EDITED TO ADD…I use a homebuilt electric smoker with a PID controller. Only use pellets for smoke source, not heat.
RE: Meat Slicer Question
ISULarry I’ve been checking out the same as you for bacon and have found that that the blade size does NOT increase the size of the carriage or the throw by much if any on most of the machines I’ve looked at. The biggest commercial machines that are out of my price range have a bit more throw but I have yet to find anything that will take a slab that is 10" or longer unless you roll or fold the slab bacon. Let me know if you find something.
I’ve drawn up the little design I have sent to a friend who can fabricate stainless that would be a “carriage on a carriage” that would effectively double the throw but would need a slicer where the carriage bolts on to the arm that slides so I didn’t have to completely reinvent the wheel.
Cover brine, injections and cold phosphate--something wrong
Did my first whole muscle ham this week. Generally speaking if it doesn’t involve mixing meat I haven’t done it much. Started with a 15# bone in fresh ham. 10% pump which equated to 24 oz. of additional weight. My injection brine was 1/2 gallon distilled water, 1 lb country brown sugar cure, .4 oz (.025lb) california ham spice,–I used 1 ounce(light on purpose) of cold phosphate although calc shows 1.2 ounces cold phosphate should be right on for 15#. Cold phosphate was mixed in first. After injecting I weighed my left over injection brine and added an equal amount of water for a cover brine.
Into the bag/bucket and fridge–ham fully submerged in cover brine—5 days. I took more time in the smoker than expected to reach temp (12 hours) but overall, looks fantastic.
Now, the initial taste—oh so good, moisture right, saltiness right, sweetness right. 10 minutes later, a noticeable after taste.
I have a couple thoughts—never had the california ham spice (maybe a taste that doesn’t set right for me), shouldn’t have used injection brine and cut it (meant cold phosphate was in cover), got the calculations wrong (seems like it was right), smoke flavor problem.
Describing an aftertaste is impossible I guess, but if I do this again I will probably not use cold phospate–certainly not in cover brine.
Suggestions, ideas, corrections from anyone would be welcome.