I just got the 30 inch gen ll and tried a cook today. I put 4 chicken thighs....baked beans and baked mac and cheese in the smoker .I did have a aluminum pan with a rack that the chicken was on. I used a homemade a-maz-n smoker with mesquite pellets....worked great. I have used it before on other smokers...... I cooked for 2 hours with the exhaust vent fully open and smoked most of the time.....The beans ,mac and cheese was good, but the chicken had a creosote taste. Can't figure out what went wrong. I'd appreciate any help.
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If there was a Creosote taste to it then your wood burned too hot too fast and you probably were getting thick white smoke instead of a thin stream of blue smoke (which is what you want). Mesquite can also be very strong and in my opinion too strong for a delicate bird like chicken. I use Pecan, Cherry, Apple, Almond and sometimes mix those with a little hickory or oak.
Don't overload with wood......that can also be an issue.