Big Green Egg - EGGhead Forum - The Ultimate Cooking Experience...
As we round out National BBQ Month, we hope you’ve gotten to try some new recipes that will keep you cooking all summer long. Check out our Smoking Basics Publication. For delicious recipes, try Justin Moore’s BBQ Shrimp, Greg Bate’s BBQ Dr. Pepper Chicken, Bobby Flay’s Chicken Thighs or Dr. BBQ’s new Maple Brined Pork Chops. Need dessert? Finish off your meal with some Planked Twinkies. Get ready for some fun summer happenings!

Big Green Egg headquarters has moved - come visit our new showroom and check out the museum and culinary center too! 3786 DeKalb Technology Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30340

Wood Chunks & Chips

trout1trout1 Posts: 83
edited August 2012 in EggHead Forum
On some post I have read where some suggest after you add the wood to the Egg to let it smoke about 30 minutes and then put on the meat.  I was wondering what is the reasoning behind that?  What do most of you do?  Also what are the pros and cons of soaking the wood in water or not?  Thanks for any input.
·

Comments

  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    i am interested in this too.  bookmarked

    :)
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
    ·
  • tgklemantgkleman Posts: 202
    I wait 30 or so minutes to get clean smoke from the charcoal.  Then I throw on the chunks, and then the food.  I think it is generally accepted that soaking is not necessary, because the wood will not ignite in  a typical low and slow.
    ·
  • AleBrewerAleBrewer Posts: 555
    i am interested in this too.  bookmarked

    :)

    :D
    ·
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    edited August 2012
    @tgkleman they won't even ignite if you are searing at 700.  true.

    try it.  after you shut the dome, the flames on any chunks will die in about 10, 15 seconds, after the air from the dome's being open is spent, and it's all restricted to the lower vent. there's no spare oxygen after it's passed through the burning lump
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
    ·
  • I soak simply because i dont know what to do. I just found out about the joys of bbqing in feb. Before that i was clueless. Im no longer a padawone and i feel that im becoming a master at it.. Although all my knowledge comes fron this site... So im only as good as those who post
    ·
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,422
    On some post I have read where some suggest after you add the wood to the Egg to let it smoke about 30 minutes and then put on the meat.  I was wondering what is the reasoning behind that?  What do most of you do?  Also what are the pros and cons of soaking the wood in water or not?  Thanks for any input.

    I've found with chips, the smoke does not last as long. Recently been using chunks. Get a good fire going, throw a fist sized chunk of wood into the middle of the fire, wait about five minutes then put on the meat. Best results I've got so far.
    __________________________________________
    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
    ·
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    or you could throw a fist size pile of chips
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
    ·
  • or you could throw a fist size pile of chips
    Insert physics lesson here:


    Lol, I was waiting for it... :D






    "Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage."

    ·
  • JWBurnsJWBurns Posts: 334
    I use chunks, never soak. Toss em in, five minutes later I add the meat.

    That's my method
    ·
  • trout1trout1 Posts: 83
    Thanks everyone for all of your input.  I enjoy reading your comments and learning from everyone.
    ·
  • ratcheerratcheer Posts: 189
    With my old CharBroil grill, I preferred to add chunks occasionally while smoking. However, with my new BGE, I do not see a way to do this. The plate setter is very hot and would have to be removed to effectively add more chunks while cooking. The downside is that I get effective smoke for only the first 45 minutes or so of a cook, which may last 4 hours or so.

    How do y'all deal with this?

    Tim
    ·
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    all goes in beforehand, in the center up and down through the lump  the fire will find it
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
    ·
  • ducksbuddyducksbuddy Posts: 56
    edited August 2012
    I tried stikes method last night and it was a THANG of beauty! Thanks STIKE!
    ·
Sign In or Register to comment.