mikeihuntr Absolutely this is okay to do! We have actually had a lot of people on this board doing this recently, gadahl created a post titled Summer Sausage Nightmare and then Parksider mentioned that he usually only smokes for a few hours and then he moves it to water to finish up. I’ve done testing here and I found it to be a great and easy way to blow right past the stall. Since we are starting it a few hours in the smoke flavor has already been imparted and for the most part it won’t be picking up anymore.
I am pretty sure those guys toss the sausage in water directly and claim it does not affect the flavor of the sausage. I’ve done it both ways and I like using a vac bag, this could be entirely mental on my part though!