Fruit in the water pan?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by dinozoot, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. dinozoot

    dinozoot Newbie

    Any flavor added by putting slices of fruit or peal or juice in the water pan?

    Im trying the 3-2-1 method tomorrow and Meowy's tips for the shoulder.

    I had no luck getting my hands on apple wood chips locally so I am going to try the Cherry or maybe a cherry/hickory blend.

    Thanks!
     
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nope. Perhaps something would be gained by aromatic spices tho. You WILL get some rather nasty <i'd imagine> cooked fruit tho.
     
  3. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've tried different herbs and spices in the water pan and did not notice any real difference. Even tried using a bottle or two of beer. Decided to drink the beer and just use water in the pan[​IMG] .
     
  4. dinozoot

    dinozoot Newbie

    what about putting laying apple slices on top of the ribs if they are flat on the grill?
     
  5. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Never done it. Let us know :{)
     
  6. white cloud

    white cloud Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Years ago I would sometimes add garlic oil and/or onion oil. I dont know if you can still get that, I used it in my fish brine mostly. And since it was in the brine I really can't say if it added flavour but the aroma coming from the smoker was great.
     
  7. I've put cut up Onion and fresh rosmary in, No rub just salt. Very nice Flavor,
     
  8. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    like rich said, nope.........i have tried juices, beer(boy was THAT a waste), spices, etc. If you are going to be doing a piece of meat that is going to get a barq on it, I can't see how anything in the waterpan is going to affect it.......heck, it doesn't even add moisture. I am going to use sand next time.......its just a thermal mass anyhooters
     
  9. jbchoice1

    jbchoice1 Smoking Fanatic

    doing apples would be okay, the juices would kinda be absorbed into the meat... much like laying pineapple on ribs does. I do that and it is great. if you lay some toothpicks in between then it gets it up off the meat and then you can eat smoke pineapple too w/o risk of cross contamination. kinda do it on the back half of the smoking though.
     
  10. cinnamonkc

    cinnamonkc Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I put fresh herbs and lemon halves in my water pan while I'm smoking. Not sure if it makes any difference but I do it every time.
     

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