just cant get that smoke flavor!

Discussion in 'Pellet Smokers' started by ctc deezuk, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. ctc deezuk

    ctc deezuk Newbie

    been messing around with my GMG for about 6 months now. Ive used GMG brand pellets and tried all sorts of rubs, injections, soaking, etc.. Nothing seems to come up with that good smoke flavor and just tastes bland... I have thought about it and am wondering if I need to tighten down my vent atop the smoke stack, ya know to kind of suffocate the chamber?

    Heres some stuff I have done... most of its juicy and has a great char, but lacks that kick...

    http://i.imgur.com/Xl9IMYq.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/N7uzYlC.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/H4o3bN0.jpg
     
  2. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hello CTC Deezuk,

    First off...looks like this is your first post...so welcome aboard!

    This is a very common complaint from new pellet cooker owners.  A pellet grill burns more cleanly than most other types of smokers, so the amount of smoke flavor in the final product is often more subtle.  If it were me, I wouldn't mess with the air flow...that could have other less desirable effects on your cooker's performance.  But there are other ways to increase the smoke flavor it produces.

    The first is to try some kind of added smoke generating device.  Most (including me) us an A-Maze-N Tube smoker to add extra smoke.  Others use a Smoke Daddy or other smoke generating device.  Another thing to try is different pellets...IMO, the pellets you burn do make a difference.  I notice a heavier smoke flavor from CookinPellets 100% Hickory or B&B Mesquite pellets than any other pellets I've tried.

    The bottom line is, because of the way a pellet cooker is designed, you'll never get the heavy smoke flavor that many people using charcoal or stick burning smokers get.  Because of that, there are some folks who are never very happy with pellet smoking.

    I hope that helps...

    Red
     
  3. ctc deezuk

    ctc deezuk Newbie

    Thank you!

    Looks like I will be trying a different brand of pellets. If that doesn't help then I guess I'm just going to get out of the hobby.

    Thanks!
     
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  5. essexsmoker

    essexsmoker Smoke Blower

    Pellet smokers give a subtle smoke flavour because you get constant thin blue smoke. This is good.

    You'll notice that when it starts up you get quite thick smoke. This is due to the lower temp.

    If you cook at a lower temp for a while you will get heavier smoke in the chamber.
    Try a couple of hours at 185 or such like. Then try 3 hours if it's not smokey enough.

    Just experiment.

    I'd rather have the subtle smoke any day than the heavy acrid smoke you can get from other methods.
     
  6. essexsmoker

    essexsmoker Smoke Blower

    Pellet smokers give a subtle smoke flavour because you get constant thin blue smoke. This is good.

    You'll notice that when it starts up you get quite thick smoke. This is due to the lower temp.

    If you cook at a lower temp for a while you will get heavier smoke in the chamber.
    Try a couple of hours at 185 or such like. Then try 3 hours if it's not smokey enough.

    Just experiment.

    I'd rather have the subtle smoke any day than the heavy acrid smoke you can get from other methods.
     
  7. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Sorry can't help you with a pellet smoker but would like to welcome you to forum. Hope you get it worked out the guys here will try their best to help you as you can see.
     
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Don't get out! A small investment in the AMNTS Tube and you got an easy to use Hot or Cold smoker and grill. You can't really get a Jack of all Trades like a Pellet Pooper and expect it to ALL styles of cooking well...JJ
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2016
  9. ctc deezuk

    ctc deezuk Newbie

    I will give one of these tubes a try next time I smoke something.

    Thanks!
     
  10. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Definitely try the tube...and also experiment with different pellet brands/flavors.  Another tip that I forgot was covered by essexsmoker...your cooker will make more smoke at lower temps, so definitely experiment with running it between 180 and 225 for the first hour or 2 of your cook...then you can crank the temp up to finish cooking.  This should give you more smoke flavor.

    I strongly agree with JJ's advice...don't be too quick to give up on it!  A pellet grill is a very versatile cooker, and with some experimenting, you may find the "sweet spot" and really like the food it puts out.  I've been cooking on my pellet pusher for 3 years...and I'm very happy with it!  I use it for both slow smoking and hot-n-fast grilling all the time!

    Good luck!

    Red
     

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