I have a masterbilt electric smoker and my wife tells me it has too much smoke taste to it. What am I doing wrong? The instructions say not to soak the wood chips.

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    Using it too long for the amount of food in it? Slicing too thin before smoking? Too much wood? More details please: What are you smoking in it, how hot, hot long etc.
    – Chris H
    Mar 13, 2016 at 21:27
  • No need to soak wood chips or chunks, that is true. Is it getting hot enough? The smoke should be blue, as opposed to white. A white smoke (cooler) will leave a much more astringent flavor.
    – moscafj
    Mar 13, 2016 at 23:09
  • @ChrisH It sounds like you know a lot of the reasons this could happen, and it might be helpful to just write an answer mentioning them all. That way the OP gets an answer right away, and it's useful to future readers, whether or not their issue was exactly the same as the OP's.
    – Cascabel
    Mar 14, 2016 at 1:08
  • @moscafj same might go for you!
    – Cascabel
    Mar 14, 2016 at 1:08
  • @Jefromi...on fire!
    – moscafj
    Mar 14, 2016 at 1:58

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Have you considered trying different types of hardwood for your smoking? Some people dislike the flavors of particular hardwoods (e.g. I'm not a big fan of mesquite, but I think that cherry, oak, and hickory are delicious).

Also, consider this: What are you smoking? In this case, size matters. Depending on how large the portions you're smoking are, you may be able to reduce smoking time.

  • It's better to wait for more info from the OP, particularly if you have questions, as you seem to.
    – Catija
    Mar 13, 2016 at 23:41

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