Smoking duration

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by thunderjet, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. thunderjet

    thunderjet Newbie

    I am new to being a good smoker and in the past would leave the wood chips smoking the entire time the meat was in the smoker. When I watch some of the better BBQ's shows on the Food Network a lot of the places mention they smoke their meats for 10-16 hours at low heat.

    Now after joining a couple of forums I been reading that you can over smoke meat.

    What am I missing here?
  2. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      Generally oversmoked means you have thick clouds of smoke coming from your smoker. This will produce a creosote  taste that is sometimes called over smoked. As long as you have 'thin blue smoke' coming from the smoker, it should not be over smoked when it is done to temp.Hope this helps some.

  3. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nothing. You can smoke for days applying good blue smoke and never over smoke. You can smoke for 1 hour and over smoke. Then you can create beautiful smoke and just over power the meat for those intended. Its a balancing act.

    First you must realize what those you are smoking to feed will appreciate most. Some want huge mesquite , others want a lighter fruit smoke. Know your crowd, never hard smoke meats for folks you'll feed the first time. Smoke is an acquired taste.

    Thin blue smoke is aroma. It embeds that smell that just drives folks wild for "BBQ" when they really are thinking smoked. Its enhances the perfection of the properly cooked food.

    Too much smoke gives an acrid or bitter taste, you'll know it when you taste it. Its normally caused by too much smoke too fast. Its a rookie mistake and the reason everyone knows that taste, is thru there own experience. LOL Normally when you expect to see too much smoke is when the clouds of billowy white clouds come continuously chugging out the stack. Its not really too much smoke, its too much too fast.

    My humble opinion.
  4. thunderjet

    thunderjet Newbie

    Thanks, learned something new again here tonight:)

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