Moist meat surface vs dry

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by natej, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. natej

    natej Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I was just curious as to the general concensus on keeping the surface of the meat moist being smoked regarding smoke absorbtion

    Ive read that dry meat absorbs more smoke however ive also read that moist meat absorbs more smoke

    Which side of the fence do you all sit on?
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    IMO, smoke adhering to water on the surface of meat, combines to form a substance similar to "acid rain"..  A lousy tasting coating that tingles  when it comes in contact with your tongue...  The smoke can't penetrate the meat, because it has combined with the water..

    Forming a pellicle, on the surface of the meat, is an age old step when smoking meats...

    Cold smoking also allows for better smoke penetration... 

  3. natej

    natej Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Saved that picture.. thankyou my friend! In terms of spritzing and water pans, do think they help with smoke absorbtion? Or no difference?
  4. cksteele

    cksteele Smoking Fanatic

  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    At Low and Slow temps, water pans and spritzing just add time to the cook. There is a benefit to moisture smoking hot, 300+. Experiment. One mans Acid Rain, accurate description Dave [​IMG], is another's Smoky Goodness...JJ
  6. natej

    natej Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the responses guys! Id seen a test done with a wet and dry cotton eye pad.. the wet did definitely have more smoke discolouration than the dry.. i wasnt sure if this would translate into a smokey flavor or as dave mentioned, creosotey acid numbing taste
  7. cksteele

    cksteele Smoking Fanatic

    well if you burn a clean fire  you should never  have  a "creosotey acid numbing taste"  on the BBQ you only get that with bad dirty smoke has nothing to do with spritzing or wet vs dry surface 
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Not exactly...Smoke is Smoke. The components are always there but how clean it burns, TBS or billowy White, determines the Amount of nasty stuff like Creosote. Perfect example, A-MAZE-N Pellets. Burning properly they put out a sweet TBS...BUT...Fire a Butt in 30°F weather with water in the MES40 pan and spritzing, and you have Creosote, and a brown stream of other not so tasty components running down the cold glass window and out on to your patio.There is no right or wrong here just peoples sensitivity to the taste smoke imparts to wet and dry meat. The Type of wood and whether it's Green or well Seasoned has an impact as well. I spent a summer training in Arlington TX. Hit a Q joint that smoked brisket on nothing but Mesquite. l thought it was amazing and when my wife flew out for a couple of days, l told her she had to try the brisket. Shortly after walking in she complained of a tickle in her throat just breathing the air. She took one bite of the beef and spit the meat out, insisting l had lost my mind to brag on that nasty tasting food...JJ
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2017
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  9. "TBS"???  Need some help here.  What does that mean as I'm new to this but learning from the pros. . 
  10. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Master of the Pit Group Lead

    They call it thin blue smoke.. that's clean coming out of the smoker as opposed to white and grey smoke that you try to avoid if possible

    Also you see some people with OTBS tag by the name. That is a member of the Order of Thin Blue Smoke Group.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2017
  11. Greta artical!! Thanks a bunch.  It certainly answers my question(s)


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