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Pork Loin

I did my first indirect cook with my BGE yesterday, smoked a pork loin. Huge success, it came out perfect. Just thought I'd share the pics.

Question: I added for or five chunks of wet hickory to the coals for smoke flavor. It kept a good steady smoke for about two hours, then died down. That's plenty for this cook, but when I do an over night cook I'd like the smoke to last longer.

Which works better, adding a lot more wood chunks when I start or take everything off mid way to add fresh wood?



  • You got a nice smoke ring on that meat, it looks good. Your gonna get most of your smoke in the first 2 hours but if you want to get more add wood chunks  into your lump so as the fire grows out it hits additional chunks of wood or you can always drop additional chunks down past the plate setter
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 14,013
    mix wood throughout the lump. As the fire burns down, the wood will continually catch, providing smoke as the lump burns down. Here is a pic, courtesy of Stike.

  • Nice looking loin, great cook. 
    The wood does not have to be wet, dry is just fine in an egg - took me a while to understand this, but it does make sense. 

    Mix the smoke wood in with the lump, outside near the fire box ceramic and inside the pile. For a low and slow you will have lump piled almost to the top of the fire ring, and you will light in only one place on the top. You want a small travelling fire that produces <275 dome heat. Smoke wood located in the lump down by the fire grate will not see fire for hours, hence will not produce smoke for hours. If you think the smoke is all gone, maybe you lit too much to start with or the more likely case is it was still making smoke that you just don't see. The egg is not like a traditional smoker or gasser, you seldom see the smoke from an egg - you just know it is there. 
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  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 4,734
    edited December 2012
    Nicely done!  Looks delicious!  I agree on mixing the wood throughout.  Dump a little lump in, then throw in a chunk or two of wood...dump some more lump in, then another couple wood chunks, etc. etc.  If on a long smoke I feel that my smoke is dying down, I use my billy bar to give the coals a quick poke/stir off to the side of the platesetter/stone.  This usually gets the smoke going strong again.
  • nashbamanashbama Posts: 102
    I appreciate the advice. I'm learning that smoking with an egg is a little different than the old side hot box smoker. The tips will definitely come in handy.
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