I smoked 2 pork butts this weekend for the 4th, and while im pulling the pork my close friend says to me. If we didnt put rub on the meats we smoke we wouldnt get the smoke ring. any truth to that?
07-06-2010 03:59 PM
from what I understand, it is. There have been a few really good posts on the topic in the last year - I can't tell ya exactly, but it isn't really the smoke, but the heat causing a reaction with a chemical or chemicals in the rub. I'm sure someone will post a better explanation.
I was wrong, it IS the smoke, not the heat...oh well, just read the post by ThirdEye - he's the expert :)
07-06-2010 04:04 PM
None whatsoever! The smoke ring is caused by the nitrates created by burning wood. This will even happen with a very clean burning fire with no visible smoke at all. A 'smoke' ring also can be artificially created using Morton's Tender Quick or some other tenderizer containing nitrates.
07-06-2010 04:09 PM
Like I said, there's NO truth in it at all :) Told ya more knowledgeable folk would chime in.
07-06-2010 04:15 PM
third eyes post clears it up thanks guys
07-06-2010 04:17 PM
No truth at all.
07-06-2010 04:39 PM
Here's a fatty with no rub at all. The smoke ring is clearly visible.