cold smoke (pork belly)

Discussion in 'Info and Practices' started by chefmjg, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. I have been looking at different post about cold smoke.I have a master built electric smoker even on the lowest setting it is up to my understanding is that the heat has to be below 100 so how do i achieve the right temp but still produce the smoke. Any help would be welcomed. I also have seen smoke generator do reaaly understand what they do
  2. Real cold smoking is done at less than 80 degrees, 75 or less is even better.
    The best way to accomplish that is to use a cold smoke generator like the A-Maze-N.
    Here's a video showing how the sawdust smoker works.

    Last edited: Apr 1, 2012
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Todd's AMAZN smoker is the answer 
  4. i would not say that temperature below 100 is a must. Actually I  gradually  bring temperature to 160 and keep it there till 145 internal to eat as is.
  5. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member


    We do not consider that cold smoked.   Cold smoked bacon must be cooked after smoking.  When cold smoking we try to keep the chamber temps under 80 degrees

    A lot of people go ahead and smoke the bacon to safe internal temperatures and have a final product.  I am quite sure it is delicious but I have never had the opportunity to try it.
  6. Ok, how about this one.

    According to Rytek Kutas book bacon should be smoked at 135F until internal 120-124. Is it hot smoked or cold smoked?
  7. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Kutas is recognized as a go to source on all things cured.  A lot of his recipes are dated and over the years some of his techniques have been improved upon.   It really is a question of semantics.   I think most of the people on this forum would consider cold smoked, just that, try to keep it under 80 degrees but as long as you do not render fat then we consider the bacon cold smoked.  Warm smoked in the range you are discussing produces a different product.   The final bacon is in an almost ready to eat form.  Fat is rendered, maybe the color is set a bit better.  If you had a bit of Mountain Man in you, you would probably cut off a chunk, throw it in your backpack and just heat it on a skillet when ready to eat. 

    When you smoke belly to a higher internal temp, say 165 or so then you have ready to eat bacon.

    :Like I said, to me it is more a question of semantics based on what the final product looks like.  To avoid confusion it would be helpful to use the term  cold smoked to describe bacon kept in smoke chamber temps below that when fat renders  110-120 preferably in the 80 degree range.   Warm smoke where the chamber temps are under maybe 160 180 degrees and the "internal" temp of the bacon never exceeds 120 - 130 degrees  and then hot smoked or cooked bacon where internal temps are USDA safe  165 degrees I believe is the current number.

    Hope this helps, we discuss bacon often on this forum and there is always a lot of confusion because of so much conflicting information from so many different sources.
  8. It always confusing that is for sure.

    Because even with ribs when I do them at 225 I call it BBQ ribs. When I cure ribs and smoke gradually raising T from 130 to 170 I call it cold smoke.
  9. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have never cured and smoked ribs before.  I'll have to do some research on that and give it a try.

    I think the difference between smoking and Qing is the temp of the pit.   Smoking  250 or 260 and below   Qing between  260 and 325 maybe,  grilling above that. 
  10. you are the man! 
  11. rick hughes

    rick hughes Newbie

    Masterbuilt makes a cold smoker attachment available on Amazon for 50 bucks that works with all of their electric smokers. Just bought one myself. This will cure what ales you.
  12. donr

    donr Smoking Fanatic

    Is the OP referring to cured or uncured Pork Belly?  

    I interpreted  "Cold Smoking Pork Belly" as uncured pork belly.  Would this not require the cold smoking chamber temps to be kept under 40°F?  Which is doable by someone with more patience and diligence than me.  

  13. trueteam

    trueteam Smoke Blower

    I am sure someone more knowledgeable than me will respond, but I have always thought that you should only cold smoke a belly if it has been cured. Does the less than 40 degrees negate this? I love this forum, always learning something new.
  14. trueteam

    trueteam Smoke Blower

    I misread your post I think, looks like you are saying you do have to keep under 40 if uncured.
  15. donr

    donr Smoking Fanatic

    The little nasties really start to multiply at 40°f.  This is why there is the 40°- 140° in 4 hours rule.  You can smoke uncured to your hearts content if you keep the temp. around the meat below 40°f.  Which I can't imagine is easy.  I know enough to know I don't have the patience or diligence to watch it close enough to ensure this, so I won't even try.  

    Uncured pork belly can be hot smoked to fully cooked.  It will most likely be tasty.  But it won't taste like bacon.
  16. Cold Smoking is at best if keep at or below 80f because at higher temps your fat starts to render out. If you are cold smoking please do use curing salts when you cure your bacon so you don't run the risk of botulism poisoning if your meat has pick up spoors from any contaminated surface which will grow in your meat rapidly in a low oxygen environment regardless of temps until you hit 250F

     Does cooking kill Cl. botulinum and its toxin?  
    Normal thorough cooking (pasteurisation: 70°C (158F) 2min or equivalent) will kill Cl.botulinumbacteria but not its spores. To kill the spores of Cl.botulinum a sterilisation process equivalent to 121°C (250F)for 3 min is required. The botulinum toxin itself is inactivated (denatured) rapidly at temperatures greater than 80°C (179F) . 

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