Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
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Some time ago I stopped at Metcalf's Sentry on the way home from the day job. Ribs were on my mind and ribs I bought for smoking on the Weber Kettle. Out of the corner of my eye I spied some pork tenderloins. They were on sale - some sort of Manager's Special - and they called out to me. So I took those home along with the ribs. They've been sitting in the freezer ever since.
Yesterday I decided to do something about getting them out of the freezer and on the table.
I dropped them in my bucket along with a couple of Canadian trout fillets and a double batch of the Signature Brine.
Snapping the lid on the bucket I placed it in the garage and left the pork and the fish to marinate for 24 hours.
Today I popped them into the smoker over chipped apple wood.
The fish was ready after 90 minutes. The pork smoked about three hours - give or take - over very low heat and replenishment of the apple wood thrice.
This was the result -
Nicely smoked and not too salty since I didn't do a cure. This is about as close to Canadian bacon as you can get without a cure for the meat.
Now that I know I can do this I'm going to find me something on the order of a 5 to 8 pound pork loin to prepare the same way. I might even indulge my plucky kitchen streak and prepare a cured meat. Either way - I am bound and determined to make this!
Oh - about the trout. We ate one of those fillets during cocktail hour tonight. The second was shrink-wrapped and frozen for a future emergency.
One word - awesome.
Gas Pains' Signature Brine
2 quarts water
1 cup Kosher salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
2t seasoned salt
2t pickling or shrimp spice
Makes one batch