Simple Cure: 5 tbs Tenderquick (1 tbs per pound) 5 tbs Dark Brown Sugar (1 tbs per pound) 1 tbs black pepper (just 1) using pork belly and trim off the excess fat I cut the belly in two so that I could fit it easily in a container to catch any drippings. After applying the cure, I wrapped the bellies in plastic wrap and removed all the air. Into the fridge it goes for at least 7-10 days. The longer you cure it the better. You just want to make sure you do not under-cure it. smoke for eight hours at 150* smoke with hickory or apple or cherrywood.