Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by toolmaker1045, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. toolmaker1045

    toolmaker1045 Newbie

    When using the 3-2-1 method how long do you add wood to the smoker. for the first3 hr or during the whole process.


  2. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    I usually only do smoke during the first three hours. Depends on if you have anything else on the smoker? 
  3. Accroding jeffs 5 day e course. You add smoke for the first 3 hours. Wrap in foil for the next 2 hours. I don't see smoke working if its wrapped in foil. Then you take it out of foil the following hour just to firm it up a bit. So I'm thinking smoke on this hour won't really do anything. But I'm no expert and in fact have only bern doing this for a month. I did the 3-2-1 method last weekend with beef ribs and did not add smoke besides in the first 3 hour step..
  4. bourbnq

    bourbnq Newbie

    Yes, you should only smoke for the first couple of hours. After that, you run the risk of over smoking what ever you are cooking on the outside -possibly to the point of making it taste sour if you smoke too long. Once meat cooks on the outside, there is not going to be much in the way of smoke penetration deeper in afterwards.  
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2013
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I believe I have seen that the optimum temperature for smoke absorption is 100 to 140 degrees. Everything above has diminished returns. That's why you don't necessarily need smoke for an entire cook, and it won't permeate foil.

    Usually that last hour on the 3 2 1 is used for drying and firming the meat, its also the time tp slap on that sauce if you are using any.

    More meat is ruined by too much smoke that from not enough.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2013
  6. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      What he said...[​IMG]

  7. I smoke my ribs the whole time - usually with oak - & they are never over smoked or sour?? tasting.  YMMV of course but think about all the people out there cooking ribs with stick burners  [​IMG]
    Yup - you won't get much penetration but the smoke will continue to build up on the outside the whole time it is in the smoke... 
  8. dburne

    dburne Meat Mopper

    I have now done 3 smokes of spare ribs, so I am still pretty new to this.

    The first smoke, trial run for the wife and I , I added hickory lumps during the whole process - using 3-2-1. My wife thought they had way too much a smoke flavor, so I changed to just adding the hickory lumps during the first couple of hours. They seem to come out perfect at least for us, doing it this way. Individual tastes vary of course.
  9. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

     That of course depends on the wood you are using.  Once wrapped in foil, no real need to keep on smoking, so the 3 hour time seems appropriate.
  10. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Experience here will be your best teacher.  Not knowing the smoking details such as type of wood, smoke color and density along with your personal desired smoke flavor, it would be difficult to tell you how long you should smoke a product.  Take good notes and before long you will be answering your own questions.

  11. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have to echo there are many factors. When I first started smoking with my Bradley I used their puck system. Three hours of smoke would have made the ribs way over smoked for my tastes. I started using an A-MAZE-N Pellet Smoker (AMNPS) and I get a thinner lighter smoke and three hours of smoke gives a nice smoke flavour. So, I agree it depends on your tastes and the wood type, smoke density and your taste.

    With the Bradley pucks, I started with 1 hour smoke on everything and then increased if that was not enough with the theory that undersmoked tastes better than oversmoked.


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