You have to go though a salt proses first. I started this batch 3 mounts ago. When its time to cold smoke you don't want the temp.up over 80 degrees or no heat just smoke. I use hickory wood for the smoke. My fire box is 9 ft away made of rock. The smoke go's though a pipe to the smoke house so I get no heat just smoke. Check the fire in the morning and evening. Hy Willie--- Iv never had slow smoked raccoon its going to be differant put lots of red pepper on this one. I have had raccoon on the BQ grill It's good that way. I have more pics just let me know
Post by Willie Mallard on Apr 25, 2010 12:25:58 GMT -6
thanks for explaining the cold smoke process, curious to why it takes 3 months in the salt brine. Is it because of the large amount of meat you have? I'm sure the finished product wont last long, but whats the shelf life? and also does this have to be refrigirated. I'm a bit into the homsteading stuff so sorry for all the questions. Thanks
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Salt brine is a water and salt solution you soak your meat in. This is not what I'm doing. I rub salt, brown sugar,and cure on the shoulder or hams every three days or so for 3-4-5 weeks or ontell it stops dripping water out of them. Then the salt equalization process starts. This is so the outside of the ham is not saltyer then the inside. This can take several months for a good ham. I put them in cotton bags and hang in my fur shed up high to keep out buggs. When hams are stiff and hard its getting close to smoking time. You can cold smoke in about any thing from a box to a hollow tree stump. Remember you want to keep the fire (heat) away from smoke house (box,stump,barrel etc.) and pipe in the smoke (no heat) for 2-3 weeks. These type of hams can hang in your kitchen for months with no refrigeration required. Just slice a piece off with your knife and cook with eggs.
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