Does smoking meat add carbs?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by michaelandrews, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. I eat a low carb diet and got a smoker for christmas. I was reading that cooking low and slow allows the fibers to turn into basic sugars. Does this add carbs to the meat?
  2. Is this a serious question or are you just kidding? Where did you read that, source?
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  3. mike johnson

    mike johnson Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I get my carbs from the beer I drink while smoking. To be seriouse though id guess most the carbs would come from the rub.
  4. I was just wondering, since it turns those fibers into sugars, if somehow it creates carbs. I've read up on low carb rubs.
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  5. Ok, I am most certainly not an expert but I am pretty sure that cooking the any way at all, doesn't turn the meat in to sugars. Yes, the meat will get caramelized on the outside but that won't really add any carbs. The same way if you cook a burger over direct heat. That is why a lot of low carb diets, atkins for example, has a high meat low carb goal. So unless you stuff a meatloaf with rice and potatoes, you should be fine.
  6. Non-sense!!!!
    Smoking does not turn meat into carbs!
    If you ADD carbs to the meat, well, that's another story.

    ~Martin (Perpetual Low-Carber)
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  7. I really didn't figure it did. What do they mean then by it turning fibers into simple sugars?
  8. Source???

  9. martin, his link is in post 5.


    heres 2nd paragraph under *smoking temperature*.

    To make sure you reach the temperature you desire, keep one meat thermometer in the meat cut, and another one in the smoker to regulate the temperature. At these temperatures the smoking slow-cooking process makes the meat tender from the natural connective fibers breaking down and turning into basic sugars. This BBQ process is the second part of tenderizing the meat, as the sugar in the sauces helps break down the tough tissues in the meat as well to provide sweeter flavor.

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    [font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]didn't make no sense to me either, so i went n read it. my extra carbs come from my err umm beverages too.  [/font]

    [font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]must be kindly like that insurance commercial on tv with the french model guy, if its on the internet, its true, where'd ya read that, ****on the internet*****.......... hahaha[/font]

    michaelandrews, eat it and enjoy it, if carbs are a worry, leave the beer for somebody else.[​IMG]
  10. It's non-sense!

    It's possible under certain circumstances for the human body to convert excess protein into glucose, it's called glucogenesis, but it's not something that the average person needs to be concerned about.

    Carry on with the BBQing and cooking of meat without the fear of it turning into troublesome sugar.

  11. Don't trust anything on ehow.
    They've been told about the troublesome and potentially dangerous errors in the following link more than once and have neglected to make changes.

    Steer clear of that website!!!!!!!!

  12. Glad to know it. So are there any articles on the actual science of smoking meat and what happens then? I always like to know the science behind why stuff works.
  13. It amounts to several different subjects, I don't know of a comprehensive source where the info is nicely organized and focuses directly on smoking.
    Meat science books are a good source.
    Harold McGee's books are good.
    Modernist Cuisine is good.

  14. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That article was written by Lauren Wise.....   She has quite the credentials....    I think you are taking your advice from the wrong source..

    A journalist ???  come on....  a contributor to e-how does not make a nutritionist...    although I did stay at a Holiday Inn once....  Dave


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    Since 2002, she has been writing for several publications and companies, including working as the Associate Editor for Where Phoenix, the Editor for Where Denver and Where Tucson Guestbooks and magazines, the editor of international Runway Magazine, Scottsdale Luxury Living Magazine, A2Z Magazine, PetSmart, True West Magazine, and Discovery Land Company among others. She has also worked as an editor for, MYFM and fiction novels.

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