Freeze raw, that way you can buy meat for a number of events at one time. When you cook you can pull, get the temp down quickly by putting bags of meat (flattened, not a big clump) in a cooler filled with ice water and then put in freezer when temp is below 40 deg. then you can freeze it. Home refrigerator can not get the hot food cold enough to freeze safely. Once you pull the frozen meat out of the freezer, thaw in refrigerator and when thawed you can put in pans, add apple juice and bring up to serving temp. in smoker.