Originally posted by Jon Des.:
- I'm planning on peppering it again before smoking. I'm hoping it will stick, but maybe I should do that before drying it?
I've peppered after the cure (but I use a brine cure) before it hangs to dry and peppering after drying but before smoking, both work. Just remember that you'll lose pepper when you cut and cook it, so what looks like way to much may turn out to be just right. Normally, I do mine after brining, before I set it to hang and dry overnight. As the pellicle sets during drying it holds the pepper in place.