Originally Posted by realtorterry
10 hours of smoke, wrapped & in the fridge to mellow. Hopping to slice Saturday
These don't look overly dark, so I would say the strong taste isn't from too many hours of light smoke.
I would think it could have been not enough Pellicle, or still a little wet when the smoke hit it.
Also could be some of what Dave mentioned in Post #11.
If I don't have a good Pellicle from overnight in my fridge, I put 120° of heat on it without smoke for an hour or two, before adding smoke.
That's easy for me to do, because I smoke it at 120° anyway.
Since you cold smoke, if you don't want to put any heat at all on, you gotta leave it uncovered in the fridge long enough to get pellicle, or put a fan on it until it's Dry & Tacky (Pellicle).