Smoke ring?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by da toad, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. Been smoking with my MES 30 for around 3 months now.  I am noticing from pictures that other post using smokers other than an MES that they are getting and nice smoke ring around the outside of the things they cook.

    Although most everything I have smoked has tasted ok I am not getting that robust pink/red telltale ring around my smokes.

    Am I doing something wrong?
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Smoke ring forms from large quantity of Nitrogen Dioxide generated by burning Wood, Charcoal and to a lesser extend Propane. The small amount of chips or pellets in an electric smoker doesn't get the job done. So no smoke ring in Watt Burners. Some guys claim a small result adding a couple briquettes to the MES chip pan but I don't bother. Other than the look, smoke rings contribute very little to the flavor. If you wish to go through the trouble, a 24 hours soak in Pops Brine will give the same look. Nitrogen Dioxide from Wood and Nitrite in cure have the same reaction when they contact the Myoglobin in the meat...Instant Faux Smoke Ring...JJ
     
  3. Good info,,,,thank you.   Does it affect the taste with no actual smoke ring developing in an electric?  
     
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  4. sota d

    sota d Smoking Fanatic

    I've had the same smoker as you for 2 years and still love it. No smoke ring, but still great smoke flavor. Happy smokin', David.
     
  5. jcbigler

    jcbigler Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    It should also be noted that even wood burners don't always produce smoke rings.

    Usually it helps to put the meat on the smoker when it's cold. Something to do with how long the smoke interacts with the myoglobin in the meat before it warms up.

    Of course, in my offset smkoker, I always get a nice smoke ring. :icon_biggrin:
     
  6. mtime7

    mtime7 Fire Starter

    I have a cook shack009, that i like to use for butts, if I want a smoke ring i put it on the offset for for one load of coal (about an hour)
     
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  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nope...Well maybe a Super Taster might notice a very slight difference, but with Smoke, a flavorful Rub and good Meat...Smoke ring is just a Pretty Color...JJ
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2016
  9. smokinal

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

    I have 5 smokers. Wood/charcoal, gas & electric. The flavor difference is minimal at best. The smoke ring is cool though.
     
  10. westby

    westby Smoking Fanatic

    I do like to the look of them though. . . . . .


     
  11. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a very good friend who is a well known comp guy. He uses a purple magic marker for his turn-in boxes. LOL
     
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  12. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    [​IMG]...My Kids have Grape scented Purple Markers! I am thinking worth extra points...JJ
     
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  13. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just like politics.....it's only against the rules when you get caught.:yahoo:
     

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