First Smoke

Discussion in 'Pork' started by wally, May 21, 2012.

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    I'm not sure what happened here. I got my smoker to stay around 225-230. I soaked some Mesquite chips in water for about 30 minutes, put the chips and tenderloins in the smoker, inserted the probe into the meat, shut the door, and started cleaning the pool. I kept an eye on both the temps very closely and everything looked great except for one thing...I wasn't getting any smoke. The meat temp was up to 130 and still no smoke. I cranked the heat all the way up and finally started to see some smoke but the meat was at 136 when the smoke started and I had planned to take it out at 145. So I turned the heat back down to 230 and finished off the meat. End result...great taste and probably the most tender pork I have ever eaten in my life. Just not sure I got enough smoke to experience what that tastes like. Any comments on what I may have done wrong? I think my wife may be right, but I don't want to tell her that until I hear from you guys. She said that I should have gotten the smoke going before I put the meat in. Thanks for all your input and I can't wait to do my next one.
  2. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sure looks good.

    What kind of smoker do you have?
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sorry bro, the wife is right...Use dry chips and get it going along with getting the smoker up to temp then add your meat...Looks good anyway...JJ
  4. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks good!

    I always soak the chips at least 1/2hr then dump the water. I don't know if you tried or not but, you need to play around with the chip loader once the chips are dumped into the chip-tray. I usually pull out the loader a good ways until the chips start smoking and then adjust (reduce air flow) to keep them smoking slowly. Vent is always wide open when applying smoke to food. Gotta remember that the only time the chips have a chance to start burning is when the heater is in the ON cycle. It takes a little playing around with it before you get a feel for your smoker and even then sometimes you still have to keep an eye on it and make adjustments as needed. You can always buy the AMNPS smoke generator and with that, once you get the smoke going good, you're set for many hours of smoking depending on how many rows you fill and how deep. Good luck on your next smoke!
    Last edited: May 21, 2012
  5. Thanks. I soaked the chips for 30 minutes, dumped the water, and I don't have a chip loader model. But thanks for the feedback. I'll learn as I go and keep reading this forum.
  6. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    LOL..... think I've been reading too many posts. For some reason I thought you're using a MES...... you're welcome, but I guess never mind. [​IMG]

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