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5 lb Lean meat
1 c Curing salt
1/2 c Brown suger or molasses
1 ts Liquid garlic
4 tb Black pepper
2 qt Water
Remove all fat and membrane from the meat. Combine the rest of the ingredients. Soak the meat in the solution (brining the meat) for 8 to 10 hours. Remove meat and rinse thoroughly. Pat dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Let stand to air-dry for an hour or so. Then rub in the seasonings of your choice, such as onion salt, garlic salt, pepper or a prepared seasoning mix from the spice department at the market. Smoke meat for 8 to 12 hours or until ready. Test the meat by twisting a strip of meat. It should be flexible but stiff like a piece of rope. Remove and let stand until cool.
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