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Freezing your smoked meats???

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The wife took some pork chops that I smoked to work last week and when she heated it in the microwave the aroma filled the room. A co- worker of hers asked if it was smoked and wanted to know if I would smoke some meat for her which I was glad to.
The suggestion was to do some Iowa Chops, chicken and a pork loin. She offered to pay but the wife just knew I wouldn't want any pay. (Right)! Anyhow I will be doing the meat on Sunday and the lady plans to freeze it for future use. Is this ok to do and will it keep in the freezer? How should I prep it for the freezer when it is done? Freezer bags? I personally like to eat what I smoke as soon as its done and then savor the left overs. Never froze a cooked chicken I guess. Any suggestions?
post #2 of 7

If you or she have a vacuum sealer, that's your best choice for frozen smoked meats. They will keep for several months (and then some) in a freezer at stable temps when properly vac-sealed. For shorter term storage, freezer bags will work, properly used...squeeze all the air out of the bag as you zip it closed, forming the bag around the food tightly and removing any voids between pieces of food, as well as between the food and the bag. This should store for about a month at stable freezer temps...some will last longer. The main issue with freezer storage is freezer burn, and two things can contribute to this: air in the package and unstable temps...either one will draw moisture from the meat and condense it on the surface of the package and food....the two working in combination can wreak havoc in short order. The packages also can be damaged while rummaging through the freezer looking for something, and at that point, the freezer burn will begin, as air will eventually begin entering the package.


I have found vac-sealed packages of smoked meats that were over 3 years old...no issues. I have also found freezer bags of similar meats that were over one year old...no issues with them either. BUT, that's not usually what I will find. Freezer burn does not mean it's not edible, it's just not in as good of condition as you would like it to be. It will be noticeably dryer when reheated, or when thawed and eaten cold, but it's not the end of the smoked & frozen meat.




post #3 of 7

Yes, vacuum seal is the way to go.   Just don't assume they will last forever.  Periodically your friend should check her inventory of frozen meats just to make sure that each package looks nice and sealed still.  Once in a while I have found a package that somehow has developed a hole which allows air in that starts to ruin the contents.  Those packages are immediately pulled and used.

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Thanks for the replies. I know I had seen this discussed on the forum before but could not find the thread.

 I will make sure the wife tells her to vac seal it. I am comfortable freezing the pork loins and chops but was nervous about the chicken. I always have been and became sick twice over the years from poultry, so I am wary of it always.

 Like I said, I like to smoke it and eat it. I was thinking that maybe I would take the pork to a lower allowable temp in the medium rare range so that it can be reheated in the oven or on the grill.

post #5 of 7

I vac seal all my smoked leftovers as well.  Keeps them from getting freezer burn.   It's just 4 of us here so when dad decides to do a 12# Butt you KNOW there will be leftovers :biggrin:



post #6 of 7
yeap... vac seal them. When I smoke I try to cook enough so I have a couple more meals that I can freeze and eat later down the road.
post #7 of 7
It's just me here at the farm, I load my smoker up when I cook. Brisket, pork tenderloin, chicken, fatties, slice it into portions and vacuum seal it. Makes for easy lunches on the job site and dinners.
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