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Smoke ring will depend on several factors. The meat will take in smoke until it gets to about 125º. It is best to put it in as cold as possible (just above freezing is great). The type of wood will change the smome ring and the color of the meat. For example, I use Cherry for my chicken, because it turned the meat pink 2 judges said it was under done ( the tan le captain was called and was deemed fully cooked and judged. 11th out of 29). Tha age of the meat will also change tye smoke ring. We on the competition zide don't get judges for smome ring, because it can be done using incjection.