where's my smoke ring

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by lu1847, May 19, 2010.

  1. lu1847

    lu1847 Smoking Fanatic

    I am just wondering why i never have a pronounced(or even visual)smoke ring on any of my foods. However when i smoke chicken the meat is pink under the skin but just a thin thin layer. I use an electric smoker and go through plenty of chips and chunks and have nice TBS and the food always has a great smokey flavor. I have no complaints on the foods taste i would just like to get that RING that i see so often on here. I know people say add a piece of charcoal to the chips but i dont like the taste of charcoal, is there any way to get that ring without the charcoal. thanks.

  2. herkysprings

    herkysprings Smoking Fanatic

    I never really got much of a smoke ring with my Bradley electric either. Tasted great, just no ring.
  3. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    A smoke ring is a chemical reaction caused by nitrogen dioxide through the burning of fossil fules such as charcoal, propane and wood. Electrical smokers do not burn fossil fuels (at least not at you house but maybe at a power plant) so no chemical reaction takes place with NO2. If you burned enough chips you would get a smoke ring but you would have to burn enough where the heat was being produced from the burning chips and that would cause you meat to taste bitter. The good news is the smoke ring has no effect on flavor.
  4. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You can rub with Tenderquick for a short time, maybe 30 min and that might do it. Rinse before smoking.
  5. glgoodwin

    glgoodwin Meat Mopper

    Alrighty Mr. Science, where did you learn this?[​IMG] i have alwaysed wondered why the smoke ring didn't appear in the electric smoekrs. I would like to read that for myself. Points for knowing that [​IMG]
  6. dennisdocb

    dennisdocb Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hey Ron,
    I thought about that, but wouldn't that be surface cure with a little entry, instead of an actual smoke ring. I decided not to do it, but I was just wondering.

    I don't notice the smoke ring not being there anyway, because I like smoked meat so much my eyes are usually partly closed while eating.[​IMG]

  8. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    one of the reasons the smoke ring isnt taken into the judging for competitions is because things like tenderquick. aka. tricks to produce/enhance a smoke ring chemically not naturally.

    Tenderquick & the nitrites it contains arn't something to be ingested in large quantities, unless you like cancer..

    with all the cured foods(bacon), sausage, hotdogs, etc. I think we probably all eat, sprinkling tenderquick on some ribs to get a smoke ring is kind of careless. Want a smoke ring? get a wood, charcoal, or gas smoker. [​IMG]
  9. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Not sure but try it and see.
  10. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Well I am a science teacher but I would be lying if I did not tell you I learned it from watching Alton Brown on the food network. Chemistry is fun when it is not you who is taking the tests.
  11. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL, I guess that's the same Alton Brown, who makes bacon without using cure. I used to like watching him, until he did that. Now I wonder what else he's wrong on.

  12. placebo

    placebo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I like Alton but the man knows nothing about preparing/eating artichokes.

    To get a smoke ring in a watt burner without TQ just add a briquette or two to your chip tray while smoking.
  13. lu1847

    lu1847 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the replys. I guess it dosent matter much if i have one or not(smoke ring) as long as the taste is there, and it is. If i need to put a briquette of charcole in my chip pan to have a ring i think i will just go without . Like i said the food taste great, i just wondered why i wasn't getting that ring. Now i know thanks for the input.

  14. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  15. dionysus

    dionysus Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Funny, the best info again comes from an ex member
  16. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Who might that be? Richtee isn't banned...
  17. herkysprings

    herkysprings Smoking Fanatic

    Be careful with this...

    I had the exact same issue, so I went with a WSM, then well... mass addiction... then brining ... then pastrami then a SnP.... :D
  18. mgnorcal

    mgnorcal Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Use lump charcoal instead. Small pieces work best, gravel to golf-ball sized. I do it every time.

    Don't know if you've tried lump before, but I'd be very surprised to find someone who likes the smell/taste of hardwood smoke but not that of hardwood lump charcoal. Kind of a contradiction really.

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