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First time smoking a brisket

yankabilly May 24, 2014 06:28 AM

So I soaked my wood chips for nearly an hour. About 45 minutes into my cook they caught fire??? What are my opitions ?

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    treb RE: yankabilly May 24, 2014 06:42 AM

    Did you wrap them in foil and make a few slits.

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      yankabilly RE: treb May 24, 2014 08:51 AM

      I just soaked them and put them in the supplied tray

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        treb RE: yankabilly May 24, 2014 09:17 AM

        Keep adding more to the tray as necessary. I'd suggest wrapping in a foil packet next time.

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          Bakersfield Hound RE: yankabilly May 28, 2014 09:53 PM

          Agreed with treb, you have to have them either in a foil pouch or stainless steel smoking box, that's why them burned.

      2. tim irvine RE: yankabilly May 24, 2014 07:48 AM

        Throw some more in?

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          yankabilly RE: tim irvine May 24, 2014 08:52 AM

          On top of the old ones or just completely replace them ?

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          ricepad RE: yankabilly May 24, 2014 08:23 AM

          Forget about chips and use chunks of wood, either the fist-size chunks you can buy at many hardware stores, or wood you've collected and harvested yourself. Fruit and nut woods are particularly good for smoking meats.

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            saeyedoc RE: ricepad May 25, 2014 07:43 AM

            Many of us find soaking the larger chunks doesn't make a difference. Chips just burn too fast, may work for a smoker tray in a regular grill, but not a real smoker.

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            tacosandbeer RE: yankabilly May 24, 2014 08:25 AM

            What's your heat source?

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              yankabilly RE: tacosandbeer May 24, 2014 08:50 AM

              I'm using a grillpro gas smoker.

            2. c oliver RE: yankabilly May 24, 2014 09:28 AM

              Move to smoking board?

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                acgold7 RE: yankabilly May 24, 2014 09:28 AM

                So just keep adding new wet ones on top of the existing ones.

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                  yankabilly RE: acgold7 May 24, 2014 10:19 AM

                  THANKS EVERYONE !!!!!
                  Have a GREAT Memoral Day weekend

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                  adeathnote RE: yankabilly May 26, 2014 08:07 AM

                  Never soak wood chunks. Assuming you are cooking on coals, they just ruin your temp control. You WANT the wood to burn, that is what produces smoke. Also, never buy chips, only chunks.

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                    The Professor RE: adeathnote May 26, 2014 08:52 AM

                    To each his own, I guess...but I disagree about not soaking the wood (no matter what form the wood is in).
                    In my experienced, unsoaked wood results in a much harsher character.
                    But again, as they say, "your mileage may vary".

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                      mikie RE: The Professor May 26, 2014 02:29 PM

                      You have to soak wood chips because of there size, but if you soak chunks, the water only penetrates about 1/8 " or so, not really enough to slow the burn more than a couple of minutes. Soak a chunk overnight and then split it to see how much penetration you got, or save yourself the trouble by watching the Visio on the virtual bullet. You just don't get much from soaking chunks. Tried it both ways. Also told this in a BBQ class. Obviously, you can do what you think works.

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                        JayL RE: mikie May 28, 2014 12:13 PM

                        True...wood doesn't really soak up liquid like most folks think.

                        The thread however is talking about chips...which do need soaking.

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                          mikie RE: JayL Jun 2, 2014 08:37 PM

                          Agree, you absolutely have to soak wood chips. But they are typically under 1/8" thick, so they will saturate. They also don't come in direct contact with charcoals in most cases, so the water doesn't pull the heat out of the coals either.

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