To Soak or not to Soak ?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by hooter111, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. Howdy, I just bought a new Masterbuilt 30" electric smoker, my first smoker ever. I started off with a chicken last week, turned out OK. Yesterday I moved up to a Butt Roast for "pulled pork." Now here's my questions. My son says you don't have to pre-soak your chips, just throw them into your burning pan "dry". Is this the right way or not? My other question is when do you add more? When they're completely all burned up and turned to ash, or dump them after an hour and add new.
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    First, Welcome...Head over to Roll Call and give some details about yourself...Your son is correct. it's not necessary but there are members that do...You add more when they start getting Ashy...Some members like to Push the still smoking chips to one side, Quickly you don't want to loose to much heat, and Dump a fresh load for good continuous smoke at all temps...JJ
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2011
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    First off, welcome to SMF!

    You don't need to soak the chips.

    You will however need to add chips every 30 minutes or so.

    You can solve this with an A-MAZE-N smoker. It will give you consistent smoke for up to 12 hours without refilling it.

    Here is a link, I would suggest the pellet smoker.

    The owner is a member on here with a huge following. He is a stand up guy and will treat you right.

    Most of the guys with a MES use one of these little guys.
  4. eman

    eman Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

     when ya cant see any smoke coming out the vent. Or get a good smell of smoke , then it's time to add another hand full of chips

       You don't need to soak chips for the MES.
  5. I just placed my order for a AMNPS based on the reccomendations on this forum. I can't wait to use it in my new MES 30, it should make getting the smoke I want much easier.
  6. roller

    roller SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF He is right you do not have to soak them...
  7. Hooter, soaking the chips tends if cause white smoke as they smolder. Best shot is to place a "few" at a time after you get rolling, that way you don't choke the Smoker(have a lot of chips that won't light because of not enough air).

    And be sure to use safe cooking, when you stick your meat , use a clean/sanitized tool.

    Have fun and........   
  8. Hooter, WELCOME!  Lots of experience, and some of the greatest minds here have already given you some great help.  Don't be afraid to ask, they will be on the money every time.

    Good luck, learn lots, enjoy these guys they are tons of fun.
  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver OTBS Member

    Exactly what SmokinAl & Eman said above.


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