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Chipotle Chilis - Update

Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
edited November -1 in EggHead Forum
Last night I posted the beginning of my first attempt to make Chipotle Chilis.
(Shortcut to original post: Making Chipotles )

Todd (Big'un) suggested splitting to increase the smoke absorption, so last night I split 5 of the 25 to test the effect.

This is after 12 hours - dome temp at 175-180*, steady:
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This is at the completion, this am, of 12 hours of low temp smoking with pecan chunks. Transferred to a dehydrator.
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The split ones look done. Very leathery and dry. Will cool for a while, then place in a ziplock bag until others are done.
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These are the ones still on the dehydrator. I think they need a little more time, but am not sure (maybe more black color to them??).
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Help! Open to opinions are to how to know when these are ready?
At this point, I'm planning to continue dehydrating overnight and rechecking in the am. BTW, they add a nice smoky smell to the room. :ohmy: :woohoo:
More to come......

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