Discussion in 'Poultry' started by joshs, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. joshs

    joshs Smoke Blower

    I see chicken on here that looks good. My chicken is always really dark almost black and sometimes black. What am I doing wrong? I have a MES and I leave the vent closed. Is this causing the problem?
  2. placebo

    placebo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes. Your vent should always be open, never closed while smoking meat.
  3. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would clean out the inside of your MES real good if you have been smoking with the vent closed. If there is any creasote build up it makes the food have a bitter nasty after taste.... and it can be a fire hazard. Once it is clean then proceed with smoking, but with the vents open. [​IMG]
  4. joshs

    joshs Smoke Blower

    Thanks guys I will clean again and smoke with the vent open from now on. I was just thinking with the vent closed there was more smoke and keep the heat hot enough to cook. 
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Leaving the vent closed will often lead to the formation of creosote or stale smoke. The type of wood can also affect the color. You really don't need heavy smoke you want thin blue smoke or no smoke and just the smell of the wood. If you can smell it so can the meat
  6. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I agree with the above comments, here's another way to look at it. You walk into a smoky bar and your clothes smell like smoke when you get home, however you don't smoke yourself. [​IMG]  It only takes a little.
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I guess I can third the above mentioned comments. You really don't want any cresote to form in your smoker for it could ruin many dishes. Now go clean yoursmoker and then watch those vents and you will enjoy the fruits of your newly found labor. You will very soon be enjoying some of the best Q that you can image putting in your mouth.
  8. The buildup of creasote has been know to cause a flash fire. With the vents closed after a while the smoker will start to make a huffing sound. And as soon as someone opens the door the creasote will ignite and could cause injury and property damage. I seen this happen in Texas. You don't want to serve bitter meat with no hair on your body. Clean her up and leave the vents open all the time during smoking.

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