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Food Smokers and Smoking Tips/Tricks/Techniques

Discussion in 'Food Talk' started by Polymerhead, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. toughtaco

    toughtaco Well-Known Member

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    I just got an offer to settle a big debt and have a guy build me a grill/smoker. I was thinking about maybe making a trailer so that I can use it anywhere and everywhere. If you guys have any ideas, plans or details please let me know and include pics!!!! I am excited!!!
     
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    I have a nice dinner party going on Sunday. Smoking pork butt for pulled pork,smoking 2 briskets, making a grilled tomato and watermelon salad, making a sort of gazpacho, grilling steaks,and a leg of lamb. I am excited about this party,been a long time coming. Yes there will be pics to follow.

    Going to do 2 beer can chickens for the party as well.
     
  3. toughtaco

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    Here is a smokie pic of a pork shoulder that I am smoking right now!!!]]


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    Here is some pics

    Pork shoulder smoked for 8 hours

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  5. toughtaco

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    Smoked flat steak

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    Smoked ribs


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    Janster Old & Forgetful

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    Never paid much attention to this thread...since my husband did all the smoking. We've had an electric smoker (Brinkman) for a couple years. It was our first smoker, so it got us started. We didn't know any better.

    My husband just picked up a propane smoker last week. And....I can't tell you how much better this thing is compared to the electric/Brinkman. I can't wait to try it in the winter/colder weather. The Brinkman could never keep up the temp in colder months and just harder to maintain proper temp. This propane thing seems to be much easier to keep regular temp!!
    He's smoked about 21 lbs of pulled pork on two different occasions over the weekend. Ohhhh Yummo!!

    I have tomorrow off and am gonna give my first attempt at doing a Beer Can chicken!! Read a lot of different info. Olive oil & chicken rub. Preheat smoker 250-300 degrees and maintain. 165-170 internal temp. I'm just not sure how long this will take (obviously, depending on the size of the bird).

    I'm excited!! (and hungry)
     
  7. la0d0g

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    Not to be a downer but I stopped doing the beer can method after reading a couple articles like this.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-goldwyn/beer-can-chicken_b_1634001.html

    Either way, have fun and enjoy! :hungry:
     
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    Not a downer..... and I looked at the article. I'm not threatened by it.

    That article is just someone who doesn't like it and his explanations why he doesn't like it - so be it. We all have different tastes and likes/dislikes of how we cook or how we want to cook. I'm not picky.....it's something different and as long as its cooked and tastes good, I'd do it again and I might even try something different. I also like 'convenience' - quick and easy - because I suck at cooking.
     
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    My first attempt at 'beer-can chicken' turned out OK. In fact, first time doing chicken in the smoker.....LOTS of room for improvement. I had read a lot of information online and there were so many different scenarios & situations - that, you just have to do it and see what happens.

    5lb bird and we probed it in many different areas for proper internal temp. The bird was TOO moist and almost seemed like areas weren't fully cooked (but they were hot). I've read situations of being 'too moist' inside .... and now I know exactly what they mean. The smoke flavor was almost 'too much' also.

    I put 5 ears of corn on the smoker at the last 1.5 hours - and the corn even had a smokey flavor (when I thought the chips were totally gone). Too much smokey food in one sitting.....

    Does Chicken absorb the 'smoke' more than other foods? Too much chips? (I'd used hickory chips (not chunks) and soaked them for hours prior).
     
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    Awesome! a smoking section! I have a cookshack that is easy to use with electronic temperature. The only time I open the doors is when I'm loading, putting foil on something or taking out! Here are some results with trout...

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    umm, yeah, your going to have to meet up with me to go fishing...

    Also, I can help you eat those today.
     
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    Smoking some ribs and prolly a Boston butt for Father's Day. Can't wait
     
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    No, chicken doesn't really "absorb" smoke flavor more than any other meat. In fact, it's usually milder tasting because you have the skin to block so much of the smoke. Personally, I think your problem was in the smoke wood you used. Hickory has a VERY strong taste and can be overwhelming, especially with a lighter flavored meat like chicken. I am a big believer in fruit woods (apple and cherry), and I throw in a little bit of hickory or mesquite if I want to crank it up a little bit. I do all my chicken with 100% apple or cherry wood though. I'd recommend trying that next time and see what you think.

    BTW...there's no benefit to soaking your smoke wood. Just save yourself the time and throw 'em on there dry!
     
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    The smoked fish looks good!!! I have to smoke fish when I can!! I like to soak my wood as well, might be a myth but I think it smokes better.... who knows.
     
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    Come on over to Virginia! Trout fishing, Snakehead fishing, it's all good and it all eats good. I have 12 rainbows, 1 Alaskan Salmon, and halibut in the freezer ready for cooking. I always cook up a mess of stuff in the smoker...I hate to waste all that space, so I try to fill the racks up.
    I never soak my apple wood, but maybe I'll give it a try just for the heck of it. I also have some apricot and peach wood on standby I want to try out.
     
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    I like a lot of smoke in my pork and beef, so if I'm doing a chicken along with it I usually don't eat the skin. It gets rubbery and almost bitter. The meat underneath tastes amazing though! If I'm BBQing chicken there will be several layers of carmelized sauce on it by th time I'm done, so the skin is the best part. Smoked chicken, not so much.
     
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    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/south-east/188512-northern-virginia-roll-call.html

    I fish daily. Rockfish n snakeheads
     
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    Boston butt going on the smoker tomorrow morning during moving day.
     
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    (you cut out the backbone and cook opened)
    I like a 11/12 lb bird. If I need lots of turkey I just cook a couple ( 1 & 1/2 hr cook app)
    Chicken 3 to 4.5lb bird or birds. Under an hour cook.
    Or, just add a package of legs extra.
    I do not brine the turkey or Chicken.
    If time I like to leave uncovered in the fridge overnight (no problem if no time)
    I cook "direct" @ 400 on a raised grill "skin side up" and never turn over.
    I will use a coffee rub. Use what you like.
    NOTE PLEASE (A LOT OF SMOKE IS NOT YOU FRIEND)
    I use about a single handfull of mixed chips: Cherry & Pecan.
    Cook to temp (not time) breast @ 160 and thigh @ 180.
     
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