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Dave Russell 10-30-2011 02:48 PM

Smoke ? re: Hot-n-Fast Weber kettle
 
Yesterday, I let the Weber indirect magic do it's thing on a 10lb bag of leg quarters by putting to use a couple of small rib racks. The legs were done in only about an hour and I got the best skin ever. However, I ran into an issue I haven't had on my kettles or wsm cooking low-n-slow.

My queastion is... do any of ya'll have tips for getting good smoke when you've got a pile of charcoal that's heavily engaged for HH on the kettle?

After lighting a chimney's worth of Kbb piled on one side with my weedburner, I put one well-seasoned chunk of pecan on, and waited and waited for good smoke. The smoke just poured on, but I finally put the chicken on the grill thinking it was just a matter of time and the Missus doesn't like chicken to be late for supper.

Well, the smoke just wouldn't lighten up, so I pulled the chunk off only a little while later. The smoke flavor wasn't too harsh, but it definately got some bad smoke in the little time I let it roll.

Is this just something that goes with kettle cooking when you have the vents wide open and really hot coals? If I can't come up with something I'll probably just settle for the flavor from the charcoal next time. Just don't have this issue smoking chicken low-n-slow. Should I put my wood in a smoking box or what? Appreciate any tips.

Will32Rod 10-30-2011 03:22 PM

I have 2 of those charcoal holders that form fit to the radius on the inside of my 22.5. I use about 3/4 chimney of charcoal split between the two holders. I use small chunks they tend to burn up fairly fast so if I want more smoke I open the lid flip the side of the grill open and add a small chunk to each side.
I buy wood chunks at Academy and I will still take an ax and cut them down to about 2in long then 1in by 1in.
Find I can regulate the amount of smoke I want this way.

Dave Russell 10-30-2011 03:33 PM

Thanks for the feedback, man.

My pecan chunk was about 3/4 fist size, but I'm not so sure that the larger size was the issue. I've used chunks that large before with lownslow cooks and didn't have rolling dense smoke. The charcoal was really stoked, though. That's what was different about this cook. Just trying to get crisp chicken skin, AND I DID.

mbshop 10-30-2011 03:53 PM

high heat = faster burn. maybe stick small chunks in a foil packet and just put a few holes in it.

Will32Rod 10-30-2011 04:01 PM

When I use the Weber, about the minimum temp I will use it is around 275 and up.
If want lower I use the offset.
The Weber is an efficient cooker, with the grill that flips open on each side its always easy to add a few pieces of wood or briquettes if needed.
I have been practicing St. Louis on mine and they do very well at 275.

Jeff Hughes 10-30-2011 04:04 PM

Too big a chunk of wood...

Dave Russell 10-30-2011 04:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mbshop (Post 1834489)
high heat = faster burn. maybe stick small chunks in a foil packet and just put a few holes in it.

Thanks. That's what I'm thinking.

Any issues with foil fumes on REALLY hot coals though? One reason my charcoal pile was so hot that in addition to the vents being wide open, my Slide-aside lid holder allowed a gap on that side of the grill. Coals were stoked, and temps maxed at around 400*, and I guess that's why the skin on the legs was so good.

Jeff Hughes 10-30-2011 05:42 PM

No foil needed, just smaller pieces...

Dave Russell 10-30-2011 06:16 PM

I'll try that, Jeff, but don't they just burn up faster?

I can get sweet smoke on a stickburner with a clean burning fire, and can also get pretty good smoke on charcoal cooking low and slow if I wait for it. I probably just need to remove my Slide-aside lid holder next time so the fire won't get quite as much air.

Brian in Maine 10-30-2011 07:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Will32Rod (Post 1834467)
I have 2 of those charcoal holders that form fit to the radius on the inside of my 22.5. I use about 3/4 chimney of charcoal split between the two holders. I use small chunks they tend to burn up fairly fast so if I want more smoke I open the lid flip the side of the grill open and add a small chunk to each side.
I buy wood chunks at Academy and I will still take an ax and cut them down to about 2in long then 1in by 1in.
Find I can regulate the amount of smoke I want this way.

I do about the same thing, but I don't look for that nice blue smoke when I'm cooking hot and fast. I think that you need a heavier smoke because the meat isn't going to be in it that long. What you want to avoid is a dark smoke that means that your wood is burning, rather than smoldering. I'm just a back yarder, but that is what works for me.

cliffcarter 10-30-2011 07:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave Russell (Post 1834625)
I'll try that, Jeff, but don't they just burn up faster?

I use little sticks about 1"X3" buried in the unlit coals-

http://i796.photobucket.com/albums/y.../EasterPP2.jpg

since this pic was taken I have started standing them on end between the briqs rather than laying them down, that way I don't get too many lit briqs at once.
I use 4 or 5 pieces per cook on a butt

troytime 10-30-2011 08:11 PM

i do my chicken the same way as you, and have encountered the same problem

now when i do it, iuse chips instead of chunks. I soak them, and wrap them in foil with a small hole punctured.
I've had better luck leaving the foil pack on top of the grates above the charcoal - but i pile the charcoal pretty high.

landarc 10-30-2011 08:20 PM

All I cook on is a kettle and I can run cooks up to 350F and down to 225F with good smoke. I use chunks about half of my fist size, which would be around 2x3, I bury them in the coals for most things, although, for pork butts, I will also put them on the grate, over the heat and let them smoulder. I use primarily apple, cherry and peach, although I also have used oak, pecan and manzanita to good effect.

I bank the charcoal or use a modified ring of fire method, I have had good success running hotter cooks with the banked method, the MROF method gives me much better long cooks at 250F to 270F. I do not like chips as they ignite too fast and I do not like opening the kettle. I really try to cook at least an hour without opening the kettle and I have found dry chunks to be the best method for me.

My MORF setup...
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u...g?t=1311924099

landarc 10-30-2011 08:23 PM

I normally don't link externally like this anymore, but, here is the method explained, I can run this from 225F to 300F in my 22.5" kettle.
http://smoke-n-brew.blogspot.com/201...xperiment.html

Dave Russell 10-30-2011 08:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by troytime (Post 1834754)
I've had better luck leaving the foil pack on top of the grates above the charcoal - but i pile the charcoal pretty high.

I'll have to try that. Thanks.


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