Originally Posted by CTC DEEZUK
been messing around with my GMG for about 6 months now. Ive used GMG brand pellets and tried all sorts of rubs, injections, soaking, etc.. Nothing seems to come up with that good smoke flavor and just tastes bland... I have thought about it and am wondering if I need to tighten down my vent atop the smoke stack, ya know to kind of suffocate the chamber?
Heres some stuff I have done... most of its juicy and has a great char, but lacks that kick...
Hello CTC Deezuk,
First off...looks like this is your first post...so welcome aboard!
This is a very common complaint from new pellet cooker owners. A pellet grill burns more cleanly than most other types of smokers, so the amount of smoke flavor in the final product is often more subtle. If it were me, I wouldn't mess with the air flow...that could have other less desirable effects on your cooker's performance. But there are other ways to increase the smoke flavor it produces.
The first is to try some kind of added smoke generating device. Most (including me) us an A-Maze-N Tube smoker to add extra smoke. Others use a Smoke Daddy or other smoke generating device. Another thing to try is different pellets...IMO, the pellets you burn do make a difference. I notice a heavier smoke flavor from CookinPellets 100% Hickory or B&B Mesquite pellets than any other pellets I've tried.
The bottom line is, because of the way a pellet cooker is designed, you'll never get the heavy smoke flavor that many people using charcoal or stick burning smokers get. Because of that, there are some folks who are never very happy with pellet smoking.
I hope that helps...