temp inside smoker

Discussion in 'Pork' started by cconk454, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. cconk454

    cconk454 Fire Starter

    yesterday as I was smoking my Baby backs, I started out with the smoker right at about 230 degrees. As soon as I got all the racks in the box, the temp dropped to 190. I did not adjust it as I didn't want to mess anything up. I then did the 2-2-1 method. The ribs turned out very moist but I didn't get any outer bark. Can anyone analyze this situation for me
  2. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great observation: anything added to the smoking chamber will act as a heat sink. When adding something cool to a hot place, and without any adjustments, the temperatures will try to normalize. When I light my smoker, I set the thing higher than the temp I try to maintain. For one thing, I don't think it hurts a bit to be on the hot side right out of the gate. Once you see the temperature normalize, after about 30 minutes, make adjustments to your smoker to hold the temperature you are trying to hold.

    It all depends on your particular kind of smoker and what you are trying to cook, for the amount to go over, but I suggest about 30 degrees.

    Also, make sure whatever you are cooking is room temperature. If it comes straight out of the fridge, it will take longer for the temperature to normalize. I pull the meat out of the fridge before starting my fire. I let it run for about an hour to get a good even burn, then add the meat. By that time, the meat has reached a good temperature and hasn't been in room temperature long enough to be considered "danger zone" meat.

    Hope this helps.
  3. geob

    geob Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Josh explained the heat proplem. As far as the bark, and I hate to mention this, but I'm sure you had some rub on the ribs.
    Even with 190deg. you should have had some bark.
    I usually smoke at 200deg just longer than the 2-2-1 method and still get a good bark.

  4. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Foiling can creat sometimes create more moisture than needed... try 2-1-2 for more bark. Sometimes it's how you want the end product, moist/or bark. And it can vary from one rack of ribs to another.

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