Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003
If you are trying to cold smoke the bacon, you need to keep the temps in the smoker under 70f. If you are hot smoking the bacon, then you'd need to follow a protocol that involves ramping up the heat in your smoker so you don't render out the fat.
When I cold smoke my bacon ( which is the only way I do mine, the only heat is from my AMNTS. The smoke chamber never gets to a temp more than 60-65. For the most part it's in the 45-50 degree range. I smoke my bacon in a series of smokes. 6-8 hours at a time. Then rest overnight in the fridge. Repeat the smoke, rest cycle until I get the color I'm looking for. Usually 18-34 hours of smoke. Then into the fridge for a 2-3 day rest. Slice then vac packs and freeze.
When you put the meat in the fridge for the rest cycle do you cover it in any way or do you just pull the rack out of the smoker and place it in the fridge? I may grab another belly next time I am in town, to try both the dry method and and extended multi smoke . This sounds interesting.....
Originally Posted by Chef JimmyJ
Case gave great info. I have an MES 40 with AMNPS. I find one load, 10-12 hours, gives the flavor I like. It in no way TOO heavy but more smokey than store bought. If my neighbor wouldn't complain, I live in an Apartment, I would try the multiple smokes, but that won't happen anytime soon. Run a full load this time and then play with future Bellies. You can always start smoking, trim off a small piece and cook at 4,6 and 8 hours, if you are curious...JJ
Neighbors, got to love 'em. Luckily we live out where everyone is on 5 acres or so.....but most days when I have the smoker going at least one of the dogs will be hovering around it, hoping that something jumps out of the smoker.
Originally Posted by DaveOmak
Once you have the draft going, the AMNPS "should" keep the smoker warm enough for the draft to continue... Then you can add heat as needed if you want to cold smoke.....
Morning Dave. With them AMNPS being in the mailbox I have found that some heat is necessary in the chamber. Had all the stuff to rig up my heating setup, sure beats having to run out and cycle the MES heater.