I'd have never believed it if I hadn't seen it myself! I was looking in the freezer for something interesting try out my new Brinkmann Upright and came across a whole vacuum sealed bag of uncooked venison tamales from last year's hunting season. Well, knowing that tamales will keep until Gabriale's trumpet vac sealed and in the freezer I decided to give it a go. I put them in a large steamer insert and set them on the top rack above the chicken and let them go for about 6 hours, until the chicken was done. They didn't much go with the potato salad and baked beans I'd made but they were the hit of the day. I can't believe that 4 dozen quarter pound tamales went that fast! I guess I may have found a new hobby, and another reason that folks will want to invite me when they don't know what they are doing. I've just done my first smoking and two guys have already asked me to show them how to do it. I gave them the address to this site and told them they knew as much as I knew about it a couple weeks ago. All-in-all, yesterday was a rousing success. Now to perfect the technique.