Newbe fail......

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jjjonz, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. jjjonz

    jjjonz Newbie

    I just got the 30 inch gen ll and tried a cook today. I put 4 chicken thighs....baked beans and baked mac and cheese in the smoker .I did have a  aluminum pan with a rack that  the chicken was on. I used a homemade  a-maz-n smoker with mesquite pellets....worked great. I have used it before on other smokers...... I cooked for 2 hours with the exhaust vent fully open and smoked most of the time.....The beans ,mac and cheese was good, but the chicken had a creosote taste. Can't figure out what went wrong. I'd appreciate any help.
     
  2. ctonello

    ctonello Smoke Blower

    Sounds like an airflow issue. The stale smoke was most likely trapped inside. Not sure how that happened with the exhaust open but I think that is the most common issue.
     
  3. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Mesquite can be intense , maybe try a milder wood next time. Apple or cherry ...maybe even a chunk of oak or maple.
     
  4. If there was a Creosote taste to it then your wood burned too hot too fast and you probably were getting thick white smoke instead of a thin stream of blue smoke (which is what you want).   Mesquite can also be very strong and in my opinion too strong for a delicate bird like chicken.  I use Pecan, Cherry, Apple, Almond and sometimes mix those with a little hickory or oak.  

    Don't overload with wood......that can also be an issue. 

    Scott
     
  5. jjjonz

    jjjonz Newbie

    Thanks fellas.....I give it another try with some milder wood.
     
  6. Ditto on the pecan and apple .Stay away from Mesquite unless you are mixing a very small amount with some of the more mild wood .Generally the fruit woods are the mild ones .
     

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