I've been wanting to try this for a while and I finally got an AMNTS to make it happen. This was a two part experiment, one was to do my first cold smoke, the other was to compare USDA Choice with USDA Prime. I started with two rib eyes, one Prime, one Choice, both very close in weight (within .1#). Some salt and pepper, into the smoker with the AMNTS smoking along with mesquite. Smoked them 90 minutes, then refrigerated overnight. Next day into a sizzling hot iron skillet. Cooked them both to 132 degrees. The Choice got there faster by a couple minutes and as you can see from the pictures got a little bit more dry and seemed to shrink more. The Choice is on the left, Prime on the right. They both tasted very well, the wife and I both thought the prime was still a bit better but it wasn't a blind test so it could be in our heads. The Prime was definitely juicier and more tender but not by all that much. For $4 difference per pound it's hard to justify that's for sure but if I was cooking for guests I would probably opt for the Prime. One thing I do know, I'll be doing this again, the smoke on the steak was awesome, thinking about doing something similar now with wings, cold smoke, then fire up the burner to finish cooking them, then sauce ..... So much fun to play!