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Smoke Ring Conundrum

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by doughboysigep, Jan 17, 2018.

  1. doughboysigep

    doughboysigep Newbie

    So, I have been smoking for 15+ years or so and I don't think I have ever had the classic smoke ring in any of the meats I've done (brisket, roasts, butts, loin, etc.). Never had a problem with flavor or taste, just no pink ring. Am I missing something or is that "normal". I started with a Sausage Maker electric unit, but have been using MES units for past 8 years. Again, never have had a flavor issue so never really thought much about it.
     
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  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Electrics do not produce smoke rings,you need charcoal & wood.You can buy charcoal pellets and use an AMNPS or tube with some wood pellets mixed in
    Richie
     
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  3. Phil Chart

    Phil Chart Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I've found that if you put the meat in right out of the fridge you get a better smoke ring. I tried it on my last few smokes and it seams to work. I have always brought meat up to about room temp for the last few years and struggle with the same issue you have. Try throwing it on cold
    Phil
     
  4. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    If it taste good and you get the flavor you want why worry about it. :D


    Warren
     
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  5. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I never had one in 8 years with my electrics, but I don't miss it, because in my opinion, a Smoke Ring is ALL SHOW !!!

    Bear
     
  6. rjob

    rjob Fire Starter ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Have an electric and no one has ever asked about no smoke ring, they just eat and enjoy. The smoke ring adds no flavor just eye candy. Smoke on and don't worry about it.
     
  7. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    :)
     
  8. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great Statement.
     
  9. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I've never tried it but I read this here on the forum. If you add bark from your smoking wood ti the chip tray, that will help with a smoke ring. Also, adding pecan shells will do the same thing. I just haven't done either because a smoke ring isn't high priority with me.
    Gary
     
  10. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  11. BandCollector

    BandCollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I'm with Warren on this one....Why such a fuss over smoke rings. To me, if it appears it's a plus but the real test is how the food actually tastes. After all, we usually eat food for its taste not its appearance. How often have you eaten something because it looked good but were disappointed in how it tasted? Well anyway, I put more credence in how my food tastes and really don't care for the aesthetics that many high end restaurants try to sell you with their minuscule portions that look more like art than food.

    bon appetit everyone,

    John
     
  12. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Use a 22.5" kettle for low and slow, using indirect heat. Then you have a bbq to use.
     
  13. BandCollector

    BandCollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Not quite sure what you mean by "Then you have a bbq to use".

    John
     
  14. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Large kettle grill with legs and wheels and a lid with handle. Great for smoking and grilling.

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    You can smoke then have it for a bbq grill also
     
  15. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    It's cool to have a smoke ring & the stick burners have the thickest ones, but as said above there is no difference in flavor. I had a funny experience one time with a guest who said they wouldn't eat my ribs cause they were raw. I said " There not raw they are practically falling off the bone". She said "they are raw, look how pink the meat is on the outside".
    I said "I must be a magician cause I can get the inside of the ribs fully cooked, but the out side is still raw". Then I explained the smoke ring to her. I guess it's a natural reaction, when you see pink pork or chicken to think it's not cooked, but she sat down & enjoyed the ribs & ate quite a few!
    Al
     
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  16. BandCollector

    BandCollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Oh!.......Thanks, now I understand.
     
  17. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Exactly!!
    If we want to eat something that Looks Great, we should eat the Burger King Pictures from the Flyer Ads. They always look a thousand times better than the actual Burger, as do ALL the other food ads.

    Bear
     
  18. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Lol Al , that would be funny to have been there. Perhaps my older relatives would not have know that was a smoke ring either.
     
  19. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    We do a lot of what I call road side chicken in my area you can find it on almost every corner in the warmer months being done by Fire Co. Church's and private clubs. I have encounter many people that think the chicken isn't done because of seeing pink. All of this chicken is usually cooked over char coal.

    Warren
     
  20. johnmeyer

    johnmeyer Master of the Pit

    The following link contains some really good science which shows how the smoke ring is formed. If you read it, you might be able to determine what you are lacking with your setup. However, as others have said, I don't think it makes much difference to the final taste.

    Here is the link:

    Smoke Ring Science

    As you will see, electric smokers do not produce the compounds needed to produce the ring.
     

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