Questions about the practice of applying smoke to foodstuffs, often meat, in order to add flavor and/or preserve.

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How can I reduce the heat output of this heating element?

I'd like to add a Brinkmann 1500 watt element to my Bradley smoker to bring my temps up in cold weather. I'd like to limit the amount of heat it puts out, is there a voltage regulator or resistor I ...
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Smoking time for 6 racks (18 lbs) of baby back ribs?

I have a vertical propane smoker that has slots for 7 racks. I will be smoking 6 racks of baby back ribs. I have smoked 3 racks (9 pounds) at 200-210 in six hours. I know I will need additional time ...
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What can I do to make wood dust for cold smoking?

In order to cold smoke, you need a fine wood dust. I work with wood and have obtained, using a band saw, a very fine wood dust. The wood this dust comes from has been well seasoned. Is it OK to use ...
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Smoked a brisket that was edible but not great. What would you do differently?

I smoked my first brisket last weekend and even though it wasn't terrible it was a little dryer and rougher than I would have liked. Here is the smoker I used: ...
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Smoking 3lb Pork Butt

I'm smoking a small 3lb pork butt we picked up at the farmer's market. If I plan on cooking it at 225 degrees, how long do you think it will take to get to an internal temp of 160? That's when I plan ...
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Smoking Boston Butt and Smoker Went out - Food Safety

I borrowed a buddies pellet smoker to test it out. I got it going bright this morning. Got it up to about 225 and loaded it up a 6.5 pound Boston Butt. It never really stayed at 225, but hovered ...
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Is it feasible to smoke meat with spruce needles?

I am thinking of constructing a makeshift smoker and smoke some meat out in the woods this weekend. When burning spruce needles they produce a lot of smoke; is it suitable to smoke meat with spruce ...
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Is it possible to oversoak wood chips for smoking?

I wanted to prepare for a long day of cooking and get the wood chip soak out of the way. My barbequed brisket recipe calls for soaking the (hickory) wood chips for 30 minutes. If I soak the wood ...
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Closest substitute for alder wood chips when smoking?

In Finland, the tree of choice for smoking is alder (leppä), but this is difficult to find in Australia and close to impossible to import due to biosecurity restrictions. What's my best substitute? ...
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Smoke alarms go off now that we have a gas stove didn't when we had electric

Our smoke alarms are constantly going off while cooking now that we have had to replace our stove. My wife didn't really like the electric so when it was necessary to replace it, we went with gas. ...
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How can I get the smokey flavour in Hor Fun?

I made Hor Fun (not the linked recipe in specific) the other day for my girlfriend who loves the dish. However, her critique was that it lacked the distinctive smokey flavour of the dish. When it's ...
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Smoking pork shoulder in a little chief

I got a little chief smoker for christmas, I tried smoking a 5lb pork shoulder today. FAIL! I brined overnight, dry rubbed 1 hour before putting in the smoker. Never got the meat over 85'. Tried ...
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How long does it take to smoke a chicken?

I have tried to smoke chicken twice now and both times have taken at least 6 hours. I put the chicken (about 6 lbs) in my smoker with about 40 coals and add some wood. I also periodically add coals ...
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Smoking without wood chips

I am smoking baby back ribs using an electric vertical smoker. Given that most food absorbs smoke for an hour or two before saturating, what will happen if I stop adding wood chips after about two ...
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Electric smoker and a charcoal smoker

Got a electric smoker recently. Are there any differences that one should consider in terms of recipes when using an electric smoker? Or are there any processes that one must take additional steps ...
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Do I have to cure a fresh ham before smoking?

I have a fresh ham. Do I need to cure it somehow before I put it in the stove-top smoker?
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Smoking whole chicken without skin

I smoked a whole chicken with the skin on it and it did not have a smoky taste. My question is whether removing the skin will improve the depth of the smoke flavour the next time I smoke a whole ...
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Will smoked-then-fried foods impart smoke flavor to cooking oil?

I am preparing for a chicken wing cooking competition later this month. One way I've been making wings lately is starting with a ride in the smoker to par cook and add a hint of smokey goodness (think ...
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Smoked a chicken and the skin came out like boot leather

I recently decided to smoke and entire chicken so I dropped it in and kept the smoker around 225-250 for about 4 hours. I went in and sprayed it down with a little apple juice and vegatable oil every ...
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How important is humidity when smoking a brisket?

Recipes for smoking brisket typically recommend a temperature of 225 F. My weber smokey mountain has a water pan to help regulate the temperature. But what if I am able to maintain that temperature ...
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Smoking a pig at 225 F vs barbecuing one at 250F?

I have seen many posts that say smoking a pork shoulder at 225F to an internal temperature of 195F will take 15 hours. I have also seen many posts that say you can barbecue a 90 pound whole hog at ...
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How do I smoke on a propane grill that has a separate smoker attached?

My friend has a propane grill that has a separate smoker attached to it, and there is a rack that can be raised or lowered under it. It is a huge grill with the smoker compartment on the side. How do ...
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Is it safe to smoke with oak treated for oak wilt? [duplicate]

Trying to find a source for wood logs to smoke with Ii found a guy selling oak on craigslist but he says it has been treated for oak wilt. Is it safe to smoke with?
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How to smoke chicken without it coming out tough?

We bought a smoker and it has been fabulous for doing ribs. However, when we've tried to do chicken in it, it comes out "leathery" and tough. I have had smoked chicken at other people's homes that was ...
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Gas grill: soaked wood chips vs. dry wood chips

I have a gas grill and want to get some good smoke flavor in a pork shoulder I am cooking. I've done some looking around for the best way to use wood chips and have found conflicting ideas about if ...
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Cold Smoking in the Tropics - Condensation

I am determined to find a way to cold smoke in the tropics. The obvious problems we face here are a high outside air temperature (avg. 35° C) and high humidity (at times 85%) In order to get around ...
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How long can i cook a bone in Pork Shoulder?

I have cooked bone in pork shoulder many times before and I am about to do it again but I feel the need to experiment slightly... My plan is to cook the pork shoulder in the oven for 8 hours at 100 ...
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Are any kind of wood-chips good enough for smoking?

I was watching a Heston Blumenthal Show called "Cooking like Heston" the other day, the episode was on potatoes and he made doughnuts using them. one of the things he did to prepare the potatos for ...
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Curing with smoked salt

I have a question about Ruhlman’s home cured bacon recipe. I do not have a smoker and I know the smoking step is optional but I was thinking that if I used Maldon Smoked Sea Salt Flakes instead of the ...
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Artificial Wood Chips/Smoke for smoking meat

I am looking for alternatives to using wood chips for smoking meats. I would like the process to actually smoke the meat. Liquid smoke/marinades are not what I'm looking for. Has anyone heard of ...
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What does a Thai Scented Candle impart?

Amazon Link There is a traditional cookie that is pretty much just a thick sugar cookie that is baked and then put in a covered bowl with the candle overnight. I ran into it because I was looking ...
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How would I go about home smoking a ham joint?

I love the flavour of smoked meats, such as ham, and have wondered if it would be achievable to to do some smoking in a domestic environment? Would I need to hot-smoke, or cold-smoke? what would the ...
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Reducing “gamy” flavor of turkey

I'm planning on smoking a turkey for the holidays. I have done that before, and it turned out good on the tenderness and flavor, but still had a very "gamy" flavor. I typically use either hickory or ...
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What is a “raw smoked” gammon (or ham)?

In many recipes I've come across the term "raw smoked gammon" (sometimes also "raw smoked ham"). English is not my primary language, so such terms are sometimes difficult. This site has an answer on ...
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Is charcoal or the smoker at fault for low temperature smoking?

I recently received a charcoal smoker for my cake day. I attempted to smoke pork ribs, here are the steps I followed. Cured the smoker with 2 Lbs of charcoal. (6 hours) Cleaned the smoker. ...
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Smoking a blade steak

I live in Australia where smoked BBQ isn't really common. I asked the butcher what he'd recommend for smoking and he suggested a blade steak (I believe it was). It weighs about 1.5kg / 3.3 pounds. ...
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What would be an alternative cooking technique for the Orion Cooker to get more tender ribs?

After cooking my first batch of baby back ribs on the Orion Cooker, I found that they were more "Kansas City Style", as opposed to what I like (fall off the bone). So although the Orion Cooker is ...
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What is the charcoal snake method and how does it work?

I've read in places about using something called the charcoal snake method for slow smoking in a kettle bbq. What is it and how does it even work? Here's an example picture.
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Smoking a whole duck - when to remove from heat?

I am going to be smoking a duck on my grill in the next few days, and I'm finding a ton of conflicting information. I was hoping you all could help sort it out. What breast/thigh temperature am I ...
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Smoker Ideas, something between Ribs and a Brisket

Got my smoker going and the food is turning out descent.. smoked ribs and a beer can chicken quite well so far. I'm thinking of trying a brisket, but that seems intimidating with my limited smoker ...
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What are safe, effective practices for smoking salmon in a commercial smoker?

We have been smoking salmon in an electric smoker (a Master Built) for about 6 months now, using a dry rub brine recipe containing salt, brown sugar, garlic and other flavorings (sometimes brandy, ...
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Are feral hog hind quarters hams, or a different type of pork?

I recently hunted feral hog and had one processed. I have two full bone-in hind quarters. I wondering if these are considered hams or a different cut/type of pork. How would one go about cooking a ...
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Using my own wood for smoking?

I have some apple and fig wood from trees that were pruned yesterday. The pieces range from sticks the diameter of your finger to about 3" in diameter. How can I use these? Do they need to dry? For ...
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Are smoked pork chops from the butcher safe to eat without any further cooking?

I bought a smoked pork chop from the butcher yesterday, and assumed I would cook it like any other pork chop, but after looking at it, it seems like it may be edible as is. The appearance is close to ...
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home-made smoker

Well it's winter where I live, which means that I haven't been able to cook outside for quite a while and I'm starting to miss the taste. So I was thinking of building an indoor oven smoker. I think ...
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When smoking is temperature consistency more important than exact temperature?

I am smoking ribs in a charcoal smoker. The smoked rib recipe that I am following instructs smoking the ribs at 225°F. My smoker is maintaining a temperature of 215°F. I can add more lump ...
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Can one become ill from consuming food smoked with wood that contains a common fungus?

If someone used common wood (oak, hickory, etc) from the woodpile, which had been sitting in the rain and weather for some moderate time and, consequently, may be harboring some common fungi, could ...
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Would smoked chicken work well in paella?

I am not a chef, I just like to cook. Tomorrow I am making paella for a bunch of people, and I am leaning towards following this recipe. I was wondering, however, if it would be okay to swap the two ...
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Removing the flavour of smoke [duplicate]

I made something wrong and the food becomes a but (but not totally) burnt and tasted like smoke, what can I do with it? Are there any spices that can change its flavour?
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What temperature range is suitable for grill smoking?

I've noticed when smoking on the grill that sometimes there is no visible smoke, though there's the clear smell of burning wood. Once the wood has begun to smoke, what grill temperature will ensure ...