How much smoke is too much?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by brennan, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. brennan

    brennan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I'm smoking some ribs for 4th of July and I want to be sure not to make them too smokey...or is that possible? My flower pot isn't big enough to smoke a full rack o St. Louis style spare ribs so i'm gonna have to smoke em on the grill.
     
  2. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    depends on the wood. refer to this thread for better info. http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...?threadid=6005 i use mesquite so i pour the smoke to it for the 1st hour then just add a chunk every so often after that & just heat the last couple hours.(mesquite has a lot of creosote so it can actually numb your lips).
     
  3. johnt

    johnt Fire Starter

    If you coil them up into a circle and pin the ends together, will it still not fit?
     
  4. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    NY
    Or you could perhaps use a rib rack? Lowe's and Home Depot have them.
     
  5. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Amount of smoke really is personal preference.

    My thoughts are the more smoke the better. For those who do not normally have good Q they tend to like less smoke.

    Bottom line it is what you like
     
  6. chrish

    chrish Smoking Fanatic

    come on now[​IMG] over smoked bitter food is not good Q, but your yight it is a preference.

    Brennen did you see that very show that Alton Brown made that flower pot smoker he talked about smoke times? 6 hr or more shouldent be under a heavy smoke as the creosote can build up.
     
  7. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Most smoke masters state you should hardly see a wif of smoke coming from your smoker. I've got to admit, I tend to start out with a fair amount of smoke, but remember, most meats once they reach 140* internal, do not absorb anymore smoke due to the pores in the meat, closing up.
     
  8. brennan

    brennan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I remember Alton Brown saying that he replaces the wood after smoking stops three times and thats it...but that was for a butt...as i'll be doing ribs, I wasn't sure if there was a different technique
     
  9. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Remember that a butt takes alot longer than ribs to do. 9 to 12 hour compared to 4 to 6 for ribs. If you are doing 3-2-1 ribs, I would basically stop after the first 3 hours. I have been known to throw a small chunk in during the last 1 hour, only when guest are around. Makes a better show. [​IMG]
     

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