Can I re-smoke previously frozen bacon ??

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by mark bacon, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. mark bacon

    mark bacon Fire Starter

    I have 3  that I smoked and due to weather / work never finished them off so they ended up in the freezer unwrapped for the last 6 weeks.  Since they have aired out in the freezer for so long, they don't seem to smell quite as smoky as I like.  Can I thaw them out and put more smoke on them, or because it has been so long, is it not worth the effort and just start over ?

    What is the longest time anyone has gone between smoking sessions to finish off bacon ?

  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Why did you freeze them unwrapped?  Unless you have the cleanest freezer ever and your freezer doesn't pull moisture from the frozen foods I probably wouldn't mess it.

    You can hot smoke a slab and find out how it comes out but as far as cold smoking it again I wouldn't.    Thaw and fry a test piece see how it comes out.
  3. mark bacon

    mark bacon Fire Starter

    I put them in the freezer to firm them up for slicing.  Then work got crazy, and they have just been sitting in there.  Why would I want to hot smoke if I already got them up to 140 the first time smoking ?  
  4. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    When you referred to smoking in your original post I assumed you cold smoked.  The majority of us cold smoke bacon.

    If it has been unwrapped in the freezer all that time while it is perfectly safe to eat I do not know how enjoyable it will be.   You asked if you can add more smoke to them,  how would you recommend doing that?  I definitely wouldn't cold smoke them at this point,  kind of leaves another hot smoking as your only option. 
  5. dandl93

    dandl93 Smoking Fanatic

    Since the question has not been brought up I will ask.To smoke this bacon again means thawing it out.Is it a good idea to freeze it again ?Or does it need to be cooked rite away?

  6. dmwelli72

    dmwelli72 Newbie

    I have some ham and ham slices that have been bribed and smoked from a local farmer, it is not the best tasting...Since then I have done my own, and the bought ham has not been touched. Can I brine and smoke it again with my recipes???

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