Curing whole cuts of meat can be both easier and more difficult than making salami. Since the interior of meat is pretty clean, you have fewer sanitation issues — but since the interior of a large cut like the back leg of a hog can be huge, controlling the temperature and humidity can be tricky if you want the cure to get to the center of the meat before it rots from within.
If you’ve never done this before, start with a duck ‘prosciutto,’ which can be done in a few weeks. For those waterfowl hunters out there, this is a great use for the breasts of Canada and snow geese. Other easy projects on this page include my bacon recipes as well as my jerky recipes.
Bacon in All its Forms
Basic Unsmoked Bacon
Ventreche, French Bacon
And you thought bacon was a Western thing, didn’t you? Not so. In fact, this Chinese bacon might be my favorite style yet…
Hams and Other Whole Cured Meats
Duck or Goose Prosciutto
Smoked, Honey-Glazed Ham
Chipotle Venison Jerky
Wild Duck or Goose Jerky
Mocetta, or Goat Ham
Lardo, or Italian Cured Pork Fat