I've been trying to find out how long smoked meat would be good without refrigeration. Can anyone tell me? I have requested a smoker for Christmas and want to try smoking some meats (to eat now) and was thinking of trying to make my own "country ham" for storage. How long will it last? Can you make your own ham using "store bought" fresh ham? I do not have my own pigs, but would like to practice this skill before it is needed. I found lots of 'how to's' and recipes on-line and in my books, anyone have a tried and true recipe they recommend?