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Need More Smoke!

DrRob03DrRob03 Posts: 2
edited August 2012 in EggHead Forum
Hi everyone-

Got a Large egg Memorial Day weekend and have been having fun cooking everything in sight.  Question for all those with more experience (i.e., everyone!).....I've done a couple of low and slow cooks (baby back ribs, a couple of pork shoulders, and a turkey breast) which always seem to come out with a pleasant hint-of-smoke flavor, but I've yet to make something where I can REALLY taste the smoke.  I've tried using different smoking woods (hickory for the pig, and apple for the turkey) and try to make sure that I spread it evenly throughout the lump to have steady smoke throughout.  I burned my gasket the first pizza that I tried to make....not sure if that matters or not......I don't see any smoke escaping between the top and the bottom.

Any advice?


  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 5,001
    load your lump how you like it. Then load 8 or 10 fist size chunks on top. That's what I do for heavy smoke.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 8,347
    Do you like mesquite? If so, try some mesquite lump and double dose it with mesquite chips/chunks. 
    This will tell you if you really want a "smoke" bomb or not. 
    Another idea is to not rub your meat with oil or lots of rub, this will impeded the smoke from reaching the meat. Once you have it smoked, then season. 
    Delta B.C. - Move over coffee, this is job for alcohol!
  • gte1gte1 Posts: 376
    Not being a smart ass but I would say if you want more smoke, add more wood.
  • try using oak
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,528
    Someone on this forum once posted the following drawing on how to get great smoke. Great advice. Thanks Stike.  
    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,721
    use chunks not chips,  different woods offer different intensities of flavor: mesquite most intense (best for beef),  next hickory, oak, pecan, then fruit woods.

    meats absorb smoke differently,  poultry is the easiest to get smoke flavor.

    also check the wood. you don't want it overly dry.  it should feel heavy for it's size, then it has some moisture still in it.  if it feels like a piece of balsa wood, throw it out.....

    t ACGP, Inc.
  • fish8503fish8503 Posts: 30
    My parents have pecan trees. Whenever a big limb falls out I cut it in about 4" long pieces. I also cut down a hickory tree at my hunting property about 4" in dia and 4" long pieces. When I am ready to put the food on I put the chunk in the middle on top. One chunk usually lasts me about 3 smokes. I will be smoking up the whole back yard.
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