I am getting ready to make some summer sausage and was wondering if after the first hour I leave the smoke on for the rest of the cook?
I agree, it is best to start out light than too heavy with the smoke. I normally let the sausage dry for the first hour or two then apply the smoke. You get better penetration with your smoke this way. Trail and error is how the smokin' process goes since each smoker and cut of meat is different.
I dried mine for around an hour running at 130 then kicked the temps up to 150 for around 4-5hours then I bumped the temps up to 165-175 until the internal temps reached 155 or so. I applied smoke the whole time after the initial 1 hour drying time and the smoker wasn't strong at all for me and I don't like a real strong smoke on my sausage.
I have read that once your meat has reached a internal temp of 140 it has absorbed all the smok its going to take.
Now that being said there are exceptions to the rule Jerky and small pices of meat can be over smoked in a hury
When im making jerky i smoke it for about 30 min and that is it.Summer sausage I smoke it untill it reaches 140 and then
pull the smoke no need to waist wood.
Something else as yall know the different wood gives your Meat and cheese different flavors I use alot of Misquite,Oak,Pecan,Hickory and Apple