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Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by wafflestomper, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. wafflestomper

    wafflestomper Newbie

    I'll start off saying im from Vacaville Cali (bay area). I recently picked up a MES 30 from lowes. smoked a few things so far, some johsonville brawts, some precooked louisanna hotlinks(which were way yummie) and some babyback ribs. I also picked up a pork shoulder to try some pulled pork next weekend, hopefully that will turn out well.

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    I do have one question, which might sound pretty stupid, but on longer smokes, on average how long do you keep feeding the woodchips for smoke? do you just keep smoke going until its done?
  2. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member


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  3. northern greenhorn

    northern greenhorn Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF, glad you joined us, what I use as a guide to tell when to add chips... if you smell smoke you're good, if not check to see if you need to add some
  4. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I Agree with Northern. You don't have to see it but if you smell it your good. Of course it will all be to your liking too. You might find you like more smoke later?? The good news is you'll get to try ALOT
  5. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Welcome to SMF from Nor Cal(north of Sacramento)
  6. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I think what the OP wants to know is how long do you need to smoke the meats you are cooking. Basically you want to reach a 140* internal temp, then the pores in the meat shuts up and accepts no more smoke. You can, however, continue to add smoke and the exterior of the meat will continue to accept it.
  7. Welcome to the forum. Be careful to not oversmoke, ecspecially with hickory or mesquite beacuse it can be really overbearing. Take into account what meat you are working with and you'll figure it out.
  8. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What Flash said, and it's a safe thing to invest in a good meat probe therm. It's all good my friend.

  9. wafflestomper

    wafflestomper Newbie

    Thanks everyone for the warm greetings, and yes i picked up a maverick Et-73 dual temp probe so im golden there

    as far as how long to smoke, i was asking more of say you're cooking a pork butt that takes like 10hrs do you keep putting wood chips in for all 10hrs of the smoke? just looking for a on average thing.
  10. I wouldn't. I generally only apply smoke for the first 4 or 5 hrs on a butt. It doesn't take as much as you think. You want thin blue smoke too and not billowing white stuff.

  11. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member


    I don't think you're gonna need that Pepto Bismol !

    Your ribs look fine!

  12. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I keep the smoke rolling the entire time, never had a problem, unless I get the billowing white smoke then the meat starts to collect creosote, which is no good. Keep it thin and blue and you will be in good shape. If I foil my butts I stop making smoke at that time (around 160* internal meat temperature)
  13. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


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  14. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    Welcome aboard!  Looks like everyone has pretty much answered your questions so I just wanted to say welcome.
  15. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview. [​IMG]
  16. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF

    I just do whatever the others tell me....It's easier!

  17. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF, I let the smoke roll the whole time,(I'm a stick burner) But when you foil it doesn't matter what type of heat you are using.
  18. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the forum, theres alot of great Mes advice here. I don't have one but may need to give it a try one day.
  19. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

     You definitely do not want to over smoke, so it will take some practice to get to where you want to be.


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    Last edited: Nov 16, 2010