Friday, December 6, 2013

How to Make Canadian Bacon

Apple-Wood Smoked Canadian Bacon

  • Pork Loin, trimmed of all fat
  • 1 tablespoon of Morton Sugar Cure per pound of meat
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar per pound of meat
Mix sugar and sugar cure together.
Rub seasoning into meat.
Place in food grade bag.
Place in refrigerator  3 to 5 days, turning occasionally.
Remove from bag and refrigerate uncovered for 24 hours.
Smoke over indirect heat at 200 degrees until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

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Mix sugar and sugar cure together.
This is 5 pounds of pork loin, so 5 teaspoons sugar and 5 tablespoons Morton Sugar Cure.

Rub cure into pork.

Place in food grade bag. Store in refrigerator 3 to 5 days.

Rinse off salt, pat dry, and place in refrigerator 24 hours uncovered.  As the meat dries it will develop a pellicule. This will give a surface for the smoke to adhere to.

Grill over indirect at 200 degrees for 4 hours or until internal temperature is 160 degrees.

Make a foil packet of wood chips and place over heat source.  Poke holes in top of packet. You will need to replace packets during smoking. 

Morton Sugar Cure is a product for home curing.  It can be found it most grocery stores. It contains salt, sugar, propylene glycol, and sodium nitrite.

  • Slice a small piece from end after curing 3 to 5 days.  Fry in skillet and taste for saltiness.  If it is too salty soak in clear water for 30 minutes.
  • Do not use more sugar cure than recipe calls for. 
  • Loin can be cooked in oven if you prefer.