Hi all...I am new to the forum and new to smoking. Growing up in Alaska, my dad used to smoke salmon and now I would like to pick up where he left off. My wife got me an electric smoker and I have tried it out a few times and am having a tough time dialing it in. This weekend I am attempting again. Overall the taste is good but I don't know if I am cooking them long enough as well as they seem to come out very "wet" and also have absolutely no bark at all. Here is what I am doing tomorrow as well as some thoughts....any help from you all would be greatly appreciated!
I am cooking 3 racks of ribs. I set them out about 1-2 hours prior to putting them in the smoker. I use a simple rub - Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub. My smoker is a Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite 30" Digital Electric Smoker. I pre-heat to 225 and have been using Apple chips. I open the top vent just a little. I do not add any liquid to the pan as it seems to fill up on its own from the drippings. I have been cooking them in the past for about 4-5 hours but they consistently come out not as tender as I want and have a wet/grey look to them....I can never seem to get the bark I want so we end up finishing in the oven and they come out very tasty and we are able to get the carmalization we want in the oven after we put on BBQ sauce. So I have 3 racks ready to go tomorrow morning
Thanks all! :)