Got a headache thinking about this stuff. Trying to apply logic to this stuff, perhaps that is the issue?? Cold smoke, if I am reading this
right removes moisture, correct? Going to go out on a limb here and say that after removing bellies from a 15 day bath in Pops Brine that some of the liquid from the brine has been absorbed by the bellies. If this is the case is cold smoking bellies soaked in Pops Brine a good idea? One would think that between the moisture from the belly combined with the moisture from the Brine the drying effect of cold smoke is going to be a very long drawn out process? If one were to cold smoke after using Pops Brine I would think that there would be a lot of condensation dripping from the bellies....perhaps creating some black creosote drips on anything that may be beneath a particular belly?
Is any of the above even remotely true? Or am I suffering from sleep deprivation?
If it is true....as a general rule something soaked in a Brine should be Hot Smoked? Only things "cured" using a "dry rub" should be cold smoked? Hmmm......seems like I am spending more and more time in the State of Confusion.....