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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I have a new Bradley smoker that I have used four or five times and both times I have smoked baby-backs, there is a tinny, sort of metalic taste.  It is evident even wiht a rub and sauce. Any ideas on how to prevent this?  


post #2 of 13

Is the tinny taste there with the other meats that you've cooked?

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

I haven't noticed it with briscuit or salmon.  The first time I wrote it off as a new smoker (which I did season for 4 hours of heavy smoke).  I think I should have an adequately seasoned smoker now though.

post #4 of 13

Hello, and welcome to the SMF. I do hope you can find the source of that off taste that you are discribing. I've moved your thread to roll call, so that everyone can give you a warm welcome. It's all good my friend.

post #5 of 13

Are you getting a light and blue color smoke or a heavy white smoke? also what wood are you using?

It might be just to much smoke.

Oh and Welcome to the forums.

post #6 of 13

Also, could be the meat. Are the ribs seasoned when you buy them?


If you're not getting the tinny smell/taste with anything other than the ribs, I would think the issue is with the ribs and not the smoker.

post #7 of 13

I'm with dan on this one too what kind of wood are you using and is it a real heavy white smoke?? But then you are still new to this hobby and you have some things to learn to.

 First off welcome Jwinters to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are alot of really good folks that would just love to help you with anything to do with smoking. Now we like having new folks here to give a new prospective on some of the ways we do things around here. Now if you are really new then I would suggest that you sign up fir the 5-day E-course it free and it will give you the basics on smoking and a few recipes too. Here's a link to it:


then you will have a method to your newly found madness and believe me it will be a madness. Then when you start smoking things you will have to learn how to post the pictures / Qview 

here. So here's a link to a tutorial on how to post your Qview so we can see what your doing.


Now the next thing you have to do is run out and get something to smoke. Then just smoke it and if you have any questions just post  them here and we will answer all your questions that you might have. Oh yea there's no stupid questions we were all there in the beginning and we just really like to help others enjoy the fabulous smoked foods that we do. So again


Welcome to Your New Addiction

post #8 of 13

If you had thick white smoke that could be your problem, knowing what kind of wood you are using would be helpful, perhaps. It might also be the meat, sometimes the meat you buy is just poor quality, it has happened to me before. Did the smoke coming from your exhaust look like this-Thin blue.jpg

post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks to all for the warm welcome and the responses to my inquiry!  The smoke doesn't appear to be very heavy and is fed at a programmed rate of one bisquette per 20 minutes.  I have only used Jim Beam barrel (Oak) bisquettes with the ribs.  I have used maple and hickory with the other things I have smoked.  So perhaps it is the whiskey infused wood I am using for the ribs.  I will try something else next.


Thanks again to all and special thanks to mballi3011 for providing the training and Qview links.  I will definitely use them.



post #10 of 13

Could be the flavour of the wood you're using. Let us know. And, welcome to SMF.

post #11 of 13

Are you using nonreactive containers for mixing sauces, etc., when appropriate?  I know glass is good, I think stainless steel is good, and I'm pretty sure aluminum is bad.  Are you marinating your meat in aluminum? 


I'm asking because I associate a "tinny" taste with metal.  I always use nonreactive stuff, so no personal experience.


EDIT:  If you think this might be your problem, do a Google search on "metallic taste cooking nonreactive."  This site seems to indicate that even the type of utensil can matter.




Good luck!

Edited by ttosmoker - 6/1/10 at 6:20pm
post #12 of 13

Welcome to the SMF forum, Jwinter.  It looks as if you are in good hands with the other members, so the only other thing I will add is this;  We are glad to have you.  Enjoy your stay & have as much fun as you can while you are here.

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

I am in good hands Caveman.  Thanks for the welcome!


To ttosmoker...thanks, but I will never marinate in a reactive material.  Have you ever wrapped a half a tomatoe in aluminum foil and left overnight?  The discoloration (acidic induced corrosion) will blow your mind.  I do appreciate teh sanity check!

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