Originally Posted by SBUKicker38
Hello All...i am a new guy when it comes to smoking...i have just a few questions. i smoked my ribs and they came out falling right off the bone...but my main question is the actual smoking part...
first off, do i wait to put my ribs in after my smoker starts smoking or put them in right away when i put the wood in?
my other problem was, my wood was burning quick, and i was using wood chunks. i soaked them for about 30 minutes. Should i soak them or not? and how do i keep the wood smoking nicely and not have it burning and that burning smell?
my other concern is, some people i know put charcoal in their pan on the bottom and then put the wood on top. does using charcoal make it better to smoke the food? what can that help for me?
some tips would be great...thanks everyone!
Welcome Kicker, do you have the Wal-mart smoker with the small itsy bitsy smoke box, if so you may want to search here for some modifications.
2nd, if you use chips, you can make foil packets and poke some fork holes in the foil if you plan on using the little smoker box
Soaking is not necessary
a lot of individuals soak thinking it keeps the wood from burning up and in my opinion it only delays the inevitable.
My thoughts are to limit the air to the chips and they will not burn up so quickly.
Chunks should work fine
one of the reasons your wood may be burning up too quick is too much heat and air to the wood, are you using the smoker box lid, have you calibrated your thermometers, you may need to make some tweaks.
Don't sweat if there is smoke or not, just make sure the smoker is is a little above your desired temp when placing the ribs in, the temp will drop but its better to work down from a temp then increase, IMHO. I will usually get it up to 300 degrees before adding the ribs.
TIP: boil the water for the water pan then add, it saves a little on preheating.
Heres a blog that may help you a bit
GOSM BB Blog
I had the same one as you for years and just got the BB a while back.