New to smoking

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by wayneb, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. wayneb

    wayneb Newbie

    I have just invested in a bbq pro vertical gas smoker and have a few questions as this is my first try with smoking anything.

    Firstly are my wood chips supposed to catch on fire? I understand that this is how smoke is made but even with the flame on the lowest setting they really burn fast and I feel like I am using far to many chips if I keep topping it up. On my second attempt I smoked some pork ribs and used 3 cups of chips (a lot less than the first time) with the flame on low for a 3 hour cook, is that about normal?

    Does using a vinegar or cider vinegar instead of water in the water bowl enhance/change the flavor of the meat significantly or is it a minimal change? And does this also effect the temperature in my smoker?

    Thanks, any help would be appreciated.
  2. Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
    About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
    and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
    We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
    and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
    are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

    When you get a chance will you drop by roll call so we can all give you a proper SMF welcome

    Happy smoken.


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