Cheese! Will It BBQ?
Will it BBQ? Cheese!
In this segment we pose the question and the answer to Will it BBQ? So much more than just hamburgers, hot dogs, and other meats can be BBQ'd, Grilled, or Smoked. And, this is where we try out unique ideas for cooking on a grill or smoker. This week we are Cold Smoking Cheese and letting you know if it will BBQ or not!!
InstructionsCold smoking is adding smoke to something and not adding any heat. We did it using a Flip Professional Smoke Box in a Weston 30" Vertical Smoker and placed it on the bottom of the smoker and put our cheese on the top shelf too keep it as far away from the heat source as possible. We lit the chips, opened the side vents all the way and the top vent 1/2 way and smoked it for an hour. When we took them out of the smoker we vac packed them and kept them in our fridge for a week to let the smoke mellow out a little bit.
So, Will it BBQ?
Obviously smoked cheese is a thing alot of people like. We wanted to see if it was easy to do at home and it was. Smoking cheese at home gave us at least as good results as what you are going to buy at the store and it allows you to control how smokey you want your cheese!
Shop Walton’s for Weston 30" Vertical Smoker
PK 100 Pro Smoker Smokehouse
Apple Maple Bacon Jam
Cooked a batch of summmer in PK 100 casings are 1 7/8 by 12 cooked at 120 for one hour then 140 two hours then 180 tell internal of 152 but when I went to pull them the fat had liquefied any ideas
Tom T from Boise, ID
Oh… I ground the pork fat and the venison at the same time. 2 chunks of venison, 1 chunk of pork, back and forth…
Yes… sure cure and sure gel binder. The venison and pork fat were both still partially frozen when I ground them. First through the large course plate, then again through the small plate. (Not sure of sizes, but these are the plates i normally use for summer sausage). I probably should have put the meat back in the freezer before seasoning but i was pressed for time. I mixed by hand for 14 or 15 minutes. I also think I might have added to much water. The video said 2 quarts for wild game 2 pints for fatty pork. I put in 1 quart and about another cup. I mixed until it got tacky and then mixed some more. The meat seemed soupy to me but the video said that would be ok.
The shriveling occurred before I bumped the temp up. I was using a digital thermometer with a probe, when the temp stalled for a couple hours, I suspected the temp might be reading inaccurately so I opened the door to confirm with a dial thermometer. The digital was accurate but the sausage was already shriveling.
Another thing that bothered me was the casings… these had perforations for some reason. I e never used perforated casings before and seemed like I was losing a pot of moisture through them. Did I have the wrong casings? The other fibrous casings in the catalog said you were supposed to poke them anyway.