Soaking wood is a NO NO

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by cwalk, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. I learned this past weekend that soaking wood is a no no for me. I have never soaked my wood before but this past 4th of juyl weekend I parked my smoker at my n-laws, wood and everything, overnite so it'll be there that morning. So my dad n law decided to soak the wood in water. It took the TBS forever to get going and my ribs/butt/leg quaters didnt have a smoke flavor at all. Usually I can taste a good portion of smoke in my ribs but nooooooo not this time. It was the same batch of wood i have used all year so I was expecting hickory flavor, but all I got was bbq sauce flavor. So from experience, NO wood soaking for me.
     
  2. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I think your father-in-law was out to sabatage your excellent smoking skills.  [​IMG]   I saw a video on youtube that shows soaking wood has no real effect at all.  I don't bother with it.  Good luck next year.
     
  3. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    i soak mine and i always have tons of smoke flavor..........
     
  4. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I think everything you touch has flavor. [​IMG]

     
     
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  5. Ive heard of success stories with it but my smoker dont like it. I used up lots of wood that I normally wouldnt use. But thats ok im picking up some cherry first thing in the moring and hiding it from dad n law. Which reminds me, I need to get my smoker out his yard
     
  6. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    thx..........and that's why i ain't no skin an bones, it can be a curse sometimes!

     
     
  7. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    after i posted i was thinking about the smoker in question. on my offset i have to soak my fst size chunks due to the heat. in my upright gasser/charcoal mod i don't.
     
     
  8. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Ha!  That's funny.  You left your rig in his back yard.  I bet he tried to use it too.

     
    Your welcome.  And it is a gift & a curse~~~~[​IMG]
     
  9. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    i ain't complainin'.........
     
     
  10. Ha, he did use it. We smoked on a saterday, we went by that sunday he had it going. He was using that water soaked wood. Good cause its no use to me anymore.
     
  11. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I always soak mine, that's how i get that sweet loving wood scent in my meat. [​IMG]
     
  12. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I do both chips and mini chunks 1"x1" or 1" x 2", and have always soaked, and get plenty of smoke flavor.  Now I'm using the AMNS with saw dust, that I don't soak :)  I usually don't soak for more than 30 to 60 minutes.  I also put the chips and chunks in dry, and still get good flavor.  My main reason for soaking is to get a little longer burn time.
     
  13. If you watch water soaked wood chips or chunks on the fire or in a smoke box, the water in them will boil for a while and once it has all boiled off the dryed out wood will begin to smoke.  No smoke until the water boils off.
     
  14. Probably has a lot to do with the type of smoker you use. When I use my electric smoker, I never soak the wood. When I use my wood/charcoal smoker, I always soak the wood, because if I don't the wood burns too fast with very little smoke.
     
  15. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't soak. but that boiling water in the wood is adding heat and moister which is a good thing for most slow cooked meat.

    To each his own I always say.
     
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2010
  16. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I soak mine for 30 mins.   It works for me so I have not tried anything different
     
  17. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]

    Now I used to soak my wood chips but one time I needed smoke pretty fast so I put some in dry and I haven't soaked any chips since. I just don't think that soaking does anything to the chips good or bad to the results of the smokey flavor. 
     
  18. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Ditto with my MES (although I've tried not soaking at all and soaking longer).  Soaking chips for 30 mins seems to do the trick just right for me.
     
  19. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've found no difference between soaked and not soaked.  Properly seasoned wood will not absorb any noticeable moisture during a 1 hr soak.
     
  20. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I soak chunks for 2 days, that makes the difference. If you weigh the chunks before and after you will notice the weight difference. The chunks will start to smoke within a minute or two for me. It works for me so I'm sticking to it. [​IMG]
     

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