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Newbie - How often to add chips?

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I'm new to the smoking biz. I've read a lot and seem to not find a solid answer. Some say to set and forget, some say add chips when smoke stops until half way through the cook time and others say to add chips throughout the entire cook time. I'm going to start off by cooking a whole chicken. I have a 30" Masterbuilt Electric smoker. I'll take all the suggestions I can get! Help!
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Hi darthkram3r and Welcome



You will find that different people here will do things slightly differently and no method is wrong if it gives you the end result that you are pleased with. From experience when doing long smokes I have found that after about the first 3 hours additional smoke tends not to add much more flavour. Also if you foil your meat part way through then there is no point using up chips as the smoke will not penetrate the foil.


With a chicken the length of the cook will depend on your cooking temperature. Unless you are cooking it very low it will probably be ready in under 4 hours. In that case I would keep the chips topped up for the duration. Remember though that you are not looking for billowing smoke when you cook as this will just produce a bitter taste. A very light consistent smoke haze is what you are trying to achieve - aka "thin blue smoke"


Good luck and don't forget the photos Thumbs Up 

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texas.gif  Good morning and welcome to the forum, from East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about everything




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