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Offline Kevhub

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Cold smoke meat and freeze for later use??
« on: March 02, 2015, 11:01:59 am »
I want to cold smoke some meat then seal-a-meal and freeze for later cooking. 

Thinking about -
Tri-tip
Baby back ribs
Pork chops
NY Steak

I am headed to my house in the mountains this weekend and the early morning\early eve temps should be 33-38 degrees F for two to three hours of smoke.  I have a Bradley cold smoke adapter but never used it before, any advise?

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Re: Cold smoke meat and freeze for later use??
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2015, 07:25:45 pm »
It's not a good idea to freeze it, it'll lose it's taste

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Re: Cold smoke meat and freeze for later use??
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2015, 06:53:54 am »
It's not a good idea to freeze it, it'll lose it's taste
I respectfully disagree.  I have cold smoked pork chops and then vac sealed and froze several times.  The smoke flavor was still there when I cooked them at a later date.

If you are going to cold smoke the meat as you described I would suggest going directly from your refrigerator to the smoker and when finished smoking, vac seal and into the freezer as soon as possible.

Offline ragweed

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Re: Cold smoke meat and freeze for later use??
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2015, 11:06:08 am »
Can't speak to the tri tip or ribs, but I do chops and NY's a lot.  I wrap in plastic then in a zip lock.  Frig for a day or two or freeze.  IMHO, no loss of smoke flavor.

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Re: Cold smoke meat and freeze for later use??
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2015, 06:01:21 pm »
I do rib eyes all the time. Great taste after a cold smoke / vac seal / then freeze.
I follow KyNolas rule  ;)

Offline Kevhub

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Re: Cold smoke meat and freeze for later use??
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2015, 08:56:45 am »
Thanks all.  I'll give it a go this weekend.

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Re: Cold smoke meat and freeze for later use??
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2015, 09:14:44 am »
KyNola, Ice, when you guys cold smoke steaks or thick cut pork chops, how long do you apply smoke for?

I've got family members that have spent a couple of years living in Germany, and one of the things my aunt likes are the smoked pork shops she could get in Germany.  For me, a smoked steak sounds delicious, too.

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Re: Cold smoke meat and freeze for later use??
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2015, 07:14:22 am »
I won't pretend to speak for the other guys but I usually go around a couple of hours.

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Re: Cold smoke meat and freeze for later use??
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2015, 05:41:53 pm »
I won't pretend to speak for the other guys but I usually go around a couple of hours.

Yep  ;D Perfect!  ;)
I do thick chops (1 1/2") and steaks.
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Offline Kevhub

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Re: Cold smoke meat and freeze for later use??
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2015, 10:15:30 am »
Do you guys brine the pork chops before cold smoking?  if so would freezing post brine/smoke effect anything?

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Re: Cold smoke meat and freeze for later use??
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2015, 02:17:42 pm »
If I were going to cold smoke and then freeze pork chops I would not brine them beforehand.  The added moisture in the chop from the brine could cause ice crystals to form within the chop.

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Re: Cold smoke meat and freeze for later use??
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2015, 03:08:38 pm »
I won't pretend to speak for the other guys but I usually go around a couple of hours.

A couple of hours at what temp?

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Re: Cold smoke meat and freeze for later use??
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2015, 06:53:38 am »
I won't pretend to speak for the other guys but I usually go around a couple of hours.
A couple of hours at what temp?
50-70F degrees.

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Re: Cold smoke meat and freeze for later use??
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2015, 10:03:36 am »
I cure and hot smoke pork loins for German style smoked pork chops. If just smoking a couple of chops for later grilling I follow KyNolas lead.
The following link should take you to my post on the German style.
http://forum.bradleysmoker.com/index.php?topic=33749


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Re: Cold smoke meat and freeze for later use??
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2015, 08:55:19 am »
I've done the cold smoke pork chops at least 5 times...as said before, 50-70 degrees, love apple but used maple /oak.All taste great! 2 hrs. some times a little more...depending on degree of smoke taste u want. Once they're done...vac-pac or freezer. I try to wait a week or so but have used them in as little as 2 days. Either way you can't go wrong.