Originally Posted by StokeMySmoke
Overly smokey to me says you're putting the meat on too soon after lighting the lump. You want to see blue faint smoke coming out before you put the meat on, not billowing white smoke. I have a Big Green Egg and I cook things like pretzels, cookies and bread and they have absolutely no smoke flavor at all.
Originally Posted by Hometruckin
Deslock is right, I have the Vision Kamado and I started out thinking that the fire was right, loading the grill closing the lid and watching the smoke. Now, I light the fire, let it get to temp, set up the grill for either direct/indirect close the lid. And wait. In about 10 minutes I go back to the cooker and smell the top vent. If it smells heavy and industrial....wait some more. Then when i get the thin blue smoke that smells good, I add 1 nugget of smoking wood and load the grill. Patience is a virtue!
They have great advice above.....
The only thing I would add is that if you do not see "blue smoke" don't worry; it is sometimes invisible if the light does not hit it correctly.
Like "hometruckin" stated use you nose.. if it's heavy scented - wait..... if it's pleasant - put you food on.
Once the food is on you may see what looks like white smoke, it only the food cooking so don't worry..