Do I only add woodchips at the beginning or keep adding them throughout the smoking process?
I've just bought my first smoker...I'm prepared to smoke ribs this weekend but the only thing I can't find is how often I put in the woodchips...I have read that you can ruin with too much smoke so I don't know if I only add them at the beginning or again and again throughout the process.
Make sure your wood chips are wet before adding them. The amount of chips you add will depend on your taste and what it is you are smoking.
I just throw on a handful every so often, when I see that the smoke has started dissipating. So yes, at the beginning and during, and throughout the process.
Throughout. As Sweetsusieg said, it is a matter of taste. My neighbor, who makes excellent smoked fish, likes to let the chips burn completely out before adding more.
Do wet the chips first but there's no need to keep adding them, all the smoke flavor happens in the first hour or so. Good luck on those ribs, make sure to use a good dry rub.
You soak the wood chips so they don't burn up immediately and they cause the smoke that adds flavor. You then add more chips as needed to keep the smoke coming throughout the cooking process. I didn't see this question so I'm sorry that I am so slow to answer.
Wow...and I mean WOW!!! Thank you to everyone who responded...made my ribs...used the rub recipe from BBQ Pit Boys off of YouTube...used a brown sugar glaze suggestion from the winners of the last Kentucky rib smokin' contest, sprayed them down every hour with apple juice and finished with a mop of 1/2 Bullseye Rib BBQ sauce and 1/2 apple jelly with 1/8 cup of fresh maple syrup. They were absolutely awesome. Smoked for 5 hours at 250...amazingly easy to keep the temperature there and smoked throughout when the chips had burned completely out just added another handfull of soaked apple wood. Thank you everyone! Smoking turkey legs this weekend coming!!!
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