Originally Posted by RangerJ
Even though its not supposed to be a judging criteria in KCBS you hear all kinds of talk about it. AND in IBCA, Texas folks always say "Nice Smoke Ring" like first thing.
So, when using my UDS's, I went to Cherry Chunks for Brisket. Give it a shot, you'll see more of a ring.
I've never tried Cherry for brisket, however if you really want a smoke ring w/out resorting to TQ, try a light dusting of celery salt a few hours before you throw the brisket on. Not too much though or you may taste it, which may not be a good thing - depending on your taste buds.
There is no separate appearance score in IBCA but it is taken into consideration and you are right - a smoke ring always gets noticed.