pro 100 smoker
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I’ve been using dry sawdust in my Pro 100 smoker and it seems to last an hour maybe an hour and a half. This is with upper and lower vents closed. Would it last longer if I soaked the sawdust in water or some other liquid? Some times I refill the smoke pan to get longer smoke time. I thought the Pro 100 manual said to use dry sawdust.
@djc51 I always soak my sawdust before I start the smoker. I’ll have a review of this up in a couple of days that shows hows I do it but basically, I add the sawdust, then I add water and mix up the sawdust so it is all wet. Then I form a bowl with the sawdust, I push the center down and then form the sides up, close to the top of the bowl. I’ve never had to refill my smoker doing this!
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@djc51 Here is a link to an analysis of soaking vs not. The article argues against soaking except under certain circumstances. It seems to make sense to me. https://amazingribs.com/more-technique-and-science/more-cooking-science/myth-soak-your-wood-first
I seem to be having excessively long smoking/cooking times when it comes to processing my snack sticks & starting to wonder what could be the issue.
my recipe is rather simple…mix an 80/20 batch of beef/pork, add 2.5 tsp #1, 2 bottles of soy vay very teriyaki &8-10 ounces finely cubed cheese, coated in corn starch (poor man’s high temperature cheese). stuff in (now)17mm casings & refrigerate overnight.
when smoking, I start at 120 for a couple hours, and then, every hour to hour and a half, bump it 10 degrees…only starting the smoke after the initial couple hours.
my issue is that everything I rewad says that it should be about a 5-6 hour process…currently, I’m looking at 14 hours & still only up to 140 with the smoker set at 170.
I don’t want to raise the temp much higher & render the fats, but I really can’t be spending 18 hours to get my sticks up to temp on a sunday evening before having to get up early on a monday for work…
any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Wish me luck! This is my first attempt at something like this. Patience will be my virtue.
The recipe called for Insta Cure #2. Does anyone know if there would be an issue with cooking/eating the trim meat sooner than the time required to fully cure the full cuts or should I cure those along side the others?
@craigrice I tend agree. I’ve had such hit and miss with lamb that it’s been quite some time since I made it. The last was one my folks bought from my aunt and uncle and processed locally. The cuts were just strange to say the least. I don’t remember specifics but the ‘chops’ weren’t what I was used to. The meat was gamey and tough.
When I was in high school my dad had a lamb butchered and my brother and I ate ALL of the chops in a middle of the night, secret, drunken bbq fest. He was so pissed off he didn’t even complain that we drank a case of his keystone ice.