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At what temp. does meat absorb smoke.

Discussion in 'Pork' started by texasfiddlefan, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. I have heard in the past that meat will only absorb smoke to 135 deg.  (I presume this is internal temp)  If you wanted a smokier end product that you should start with cold meat straight from the refrigerator.  If you start with room temperature meat it will absorb less smoke.  If this is true we are just wasting smoke after the meat reaches 135 deg.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on this ?
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  3. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Wish I could answer that for you. 

    I would be willing to think that that judgement was made by looking at the smoke ring development.  Over 135 internal the smoke ring no longer develops, I would think has some validity but I have to do a bit of reading to be comfortable saying that for sure.

    Good Question,  I know someone that knows will chip in here in a minute

  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

  5. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The meat will continue to take on smoke the entire time it is exposed to said smoke. There is a point where the smoke ring will stop developing. So keep it in the TBS through the entire smoke and you'll be rewarded with some tasty Q.

    I would recommend always starting your smoke with cold meat to help you to get through the 40-140 temperature safe zone in less than 4 hours. If you bring it up to room temp first your wasting valuable time not in the smoke.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2011
  6. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    Meat will still absorb smoke as long as you have it rolling. The smoke ring will stop forming but keep taking on flavor and making bark from charcoal. I keep the smoke going the full smoke unless i have the meat in foil,then there's really no point to have smoke going cause the it will not reach the meat.
  7. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I agree, I keep the smoke rolling the whole time too.
  8. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Like others said the meat will continue to absorb smoke flavor throughout the smoke but the smoke ring will not penetrate any deeper once the meat hits around 135-140 degrees.
  9. I want to thank everyone for their input.  I'll just keep on a smokin.