To Soak or Not to Soak...

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by drlance, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. I have an MES 30 and am new to smoking...Should the wood chips be soaked or not? is a picture of my first attempt at smoking...[​IMG]
  2. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks Awesome!

    Don't soak your chips

  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks great!...Keep them dry and don't over load, a small handful is good...Learned that one the Hard Way!...You don't want a Flame Thrower...JJ
  4. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I soak chips if I'm throwing them on coals -- sometimes even in a mix of 50/50 water & wine; I don't soak if they're going in a pan over propane or an electric burner.  I do not soak dust or chunks.
  5. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    I cant help on the soak no soak question as I run LPG units at home and WSM at camper.
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great looking chicken & like they all said don't soak them.
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now thats a fine looking yard bird and no don't soak your chips unless you want to wait for the smoke to start smoking.
  8. bbqdisc

    bbqdisc Newbie

    nice looking yard bird
  9.  I found no advantage to soaking chips, but a mixture can give you a longer time before having to tend it. A few dry chips for quick smoke, a dry chunk or 2 for longer smoke and a wet chunk or 2 to kick in later. Toss them all in at once and get a longer smoke time, or get yourself one of Todd's AMNPS  pellet smokers and find out what a neat tool it is. Steady TBS for hours. Kick back and enjoy.



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