This morning, after getting home from Atlanta, I soaked the loin chunks for around 45 minutes, dried them off really well, then stuck them in the frig to dry a bit more. I figured I'd smoke them tomorrow, but remembered that my bride will be coming back into town from her business trip tomorrow and will want to do a few things. So, I prepped and smoked them tonight.
Ready to hit the frig to dry a bit
Needing a quick pellicle (not the best way for sure), but it worked out.
Then smoked... 120 for 1.5 hours and then bumped to 220 for a quick heat up 145 internal.
I used sugar maple pellets for the first time, I must say, I like the color and love the flavor
I'm letting them cool now and will vac pack soon. After they sit for a few days, I'll open them up, slice, and then pack again to freeze.