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Old 08-14-2008, 01:34 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by BBQNUTT View Post
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The smoke rings is caused by nitric acid building up in the surface of meat, absorbed from the surface.
That's article is not exactly correct, but it's reasonably close.

And while it's true that smoke ring is not supposed to be judged in KCBS, it is a positive factor in appearance for most judges. If you were to present two identical boxes to 100 judges, with the only difference being one brisket has a nice smoke ring and the other doesn't, I believe the brisket with the smoke ring would slightly outscore the one without.
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Old 08-14-2008, 02:53 PM   #17
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I would play with the temps of the meat when you put it on and the temp of the cooker.

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Thanks for the help so far, keep the ideas coming. I don't care to try the tender quick.
I would avoid it as well. You may end up with mild version of corned beef.

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But I will try soaking the wood first.
I would avoid soaking the wood as well. All you are going to do is generate steam and thick plumes of white (bad) smoke. You need the full combustion of the wood to produce the 'Thin Blue' that we all look for.

Also, try this. Soak an average size piece of wood for say 24 hours and cut it in half and see how much the water soaks in... In my experiance, it's no more than 1/4 inch.

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My other thought is wiping off the extra butcher block that oozes out of the meat, I had been rubbing it over the meat to help the rub stick. I wonder if it prevents the smoke from penetrating the meat.
If that was the case I would think that slathering with mustard would have the same effect but it doesn't.
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:14 PM   #18
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Old 08-14-2008, 08:52 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by The Pickled Pig View Post
The liquid acts like a conductor and enhances the smoke. Your ring will be even less pronounced if you wipe it off first. Cook two briskets side by side and you'll see a noticeable difference.

Agreed. I get amazing smoke rings on my FEC-100. Ironic for a pellet cooker, eh? I always leave the Butchers on that oozes out.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:27 PM   #20
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Jeff, how far closed do you run the exhaust on you SW? I noticed when I cranked it closed more, the ring formed better. I think " almost two turns" open seems right. Just a thought.
Honestly, been running it a little more open than before since I started using the Guru with it. Without the guru, I was open 2 and a half turns. With the Guru, 3 and a half turns. I think I'll cut it down a bit and see what happens. Thanks!
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