Hi everyone I just joined from Chelsea, Alabama and I hope to find some advice. I have been modestly successful smoking the old fashioned way but life has become so busy that I just don't have the time to do it any more. My wife got me a Mastercraft electric smoker as an early Christmas gift (and, I suppose, a way to get me to cook dinner more often) hoping that would make things easier and save some time so that I would get back to doing this again. I tried it last night for the first time, following video instructions from the manufacturer to the letter. I put one rack of baby back ribs in there with applewood chips, and everything seemed great. When everything was done, I had some of the most beautiful ribs I have ever seen, but they had no smokiness at all.
After a dry pork rub, ribs went 2 hours open on the rack at 225F with chips smoking away, then 2 hours in foil at 225F. They tasted great but as though the entire thing took place in the oven, barely even a hint of smoke.
Any ideas where I could have gone wrong? I am purist about things generally speaking and I wasn't very keen on the idea of an electric smoker, after all, no one ever said, "Where there's electricity, there's fire," but still, if I can get this thing to work as well as some people brag about, it is enough of a time-and-attention saver that I could see doing this again even with my demanding schedule.
Thanks for any help I really do appreciate it.