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
That’s a great question but a difficult one to answer! Usually, Worcestershire Sauce will have a pH of 3.6 - 4.1 while Soy Sauce has 4.4 - 5.4. Negative pH (below 7) can cause denaturing in your meat and if you have something like the 3.6 (low range of the Worcestershire Sauce) it can cause issues even when added in smaller amounts.
If you look at the ingredients in Mandarin Teriyaki Snack Stick or Sweet Teriyaki Jerky (you can do this by scrolling down and then clicking on “Additional Info” button) you will see Soy Sauce as an ingredient, so it can absolutely be added, it just needs to be in the correct amount. This is a major reason that we recommend prepackaged seasonings, your at home recipe can be wonderful but it also has the potential to destroy your products.
So, if you are going to experiment with Sauces with a negative pH then my advice is to start at very low concentrations and work your way up till you find a good amount that provides the taste you are looking for and does not negatively affect your finished product.
Anyone else have any suggestions?
Does soy sauce denature the meat like worcestershire sauce or is it ok to use in a meat stick?
Try it on just smoke. That should work fine.
I have tried a TF 34MM processed casing I got from Quality Casings. A 32MM HF and a 30MM TF, both clear processed, I got from Mar-Co Sales. Devro Is the brand I have now. I have been hanging them. the 30MM has been the best but still tougher than I want. Ideally I want a 32MM processed casing for my brats. Does Walton’s send out samples? I do have to order some other items.
Thank you for your suggestions. I will try a couple of ideas your suggestions have given me.