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Cold Smoking Ribeyes for the First Time
« on: September 24, 2009, 04:12:51 PM »
Hi Y'all,
I've got company coming over on Saturday night and wanted to try to cold smoke some rib eyes for the first time.
Here's my plan:
Cold smoke the steaks with 3 pucks of smoke that morning and then return them to the fridge to grill that night.
I do not know exactly when my guests are arriving so I thought this would be the best route to go.
It will be mid 40's to low 50's in the morning, do I need to add ice to the bowl?
Also, I'd love to hear any puck recommendations, too.
Thanks!
Carolyn

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Re: Cold Smoking Ribeyes for the First Time
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2009, 04:14:43 PM »
For three pucks I would think you would be OK without ice.

It is still in the 80's here for a low.
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Re: Cold Smoking Ribeyes for the First Time
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2009, 04:16:47 PM »
At that temp Carolyn, I don't think you need the ice if you smoke them early enough.

If I were WTS, I would say mesquite, but since I am not I would recommend mesquite.

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Re: Cold Smoking Ribeyes for the First Time
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2009, 04:20:49 PM »
As the others stated - you should be fine. IMHO I think it would be better to do the day before, smoke while meat is as cold as you can get it without it freezing, then wrap it saran and into the fridge. The ice surely will not hurt anything.
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Re: Cold Smoking Ribeyes for the First Time
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2009, 04:23:00 PM »
I cold smoke the night b4, just take from the fridge and straight into the smoker with 1 hr pecan and a big pan of ice just to be sure, then pull out and wrap tightly in plastic and in the fridge to cool down as fast as possible. The main thing is not to get your smoker above 80 F

When I buy Ribeyes or New York's I'll buy the whole slab and slice into steak's then smoke them all at the same time and vacuum seal each one for a later date. Works great.

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Re: Cold Smoking Ribeyes for the First Time
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2009, 04:27:06 PM »

Do you guys use the water pans when cold smoking meat like this? 

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Re: Cold Smoking Ribeyes for the First Time
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2009, 04:29:02 PM »
I've used pecan on steaks. We loved it.

I put ice in the water bowl, but then I am always fighting the high end of the temps.
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Re: Cold Smoking Ribeyes for the First Time
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2009, 04:30:05 PM »
I always use the water pan in all cold and hot smokes.

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Re: Cold Smoking Ribeyes for the First Time
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2009, 04:36:37 PM »

Do you guys use the water pans when cold smoking meat like this? 

Yes, I try to never let it go dry no matter what i do

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Re: Cold Smoking Ribeyes for the First Time
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2009, 04:39:04 PM »
Yep water in the pan here also...And as HR pointed out.....Use Mesquite!!   ;D

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Re: Cold Smoking Ribeyes for the First Time
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2009, 04:48:44 PM »

Thanks for the clarification, guys...   

Carolyn - sorry to step into your thread!  I'm still in the learning stages..

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Re: Cold Smoking Ribeyes for the First Time
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2009, 04:54:10 PM »
I haven't cold smoked meat yet.  I did my cheese 7 days ago - I'm dying.  I used ice in the water bowl.  I don't really know if it did any good or not but it probably didn't hurt.  

I'd guess that, as others have said, smoke the meat as cold as possible and then get it into the fridge.  You don't want any of those nasty little critters in there.  I might even put it in the freezer for 30-45 minutes to really cool it down and then go to the fridge.

It sounds good.  Come back with some pics.
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Re: Cold Smoking Ribeyes for the First Time
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2009, 05:22:06 PM »
That does sound good. Another thing to do on my to do list:

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Re: Cold Smoking Ribeyes for the First Time
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2009, 06:20:40 PM »
Carolyn,
i like three pucks of apple then wrap till grill time.
at your temps i would start early and not worry about any ice.
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Re: Cold Smoking Ribeyes for the First Time
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2009, 08:02:02 PM »
WOW! Thanks for the great info everyone!
I posted this on the forum and had to leave for our daughter's open house at her school.right away, so I'm sorry I didn't get to respond sooner. :)

Now I really can't wait to do this and I will post pics for sure!

I have never cold smoked anything before so this will be fun.  They're beautiful steaks and this will make them extra special. :)
Carolyn