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Going to smoke some ribs today. I'm using the propane grill with a smoker box method. I have two 3 lb racks of baby back ribs. How much wood should I be using. I know its easy to use too much.
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Chips or chunks?
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Don't even know what that means...
That's about 100x the wood you need
That would be like needing dirt for indoor plants and getting a dump truck to deliver you some.
It's 8 feet wide and 4 feet high worth of wood.
Too much, not enough?
Never used a propane smoker but did you soak the wood?
Ya for about 15 minutes.
You just wasted 15 minutes
Oh, trial and error I guess. Should you just use dry chips with a smoker box? It's smoking away right now anyways.
doesn't make a difference actually. Wood won't really soak up the water in the first place and all it produces is steam, not smoke.
I would make the smoking box at least half full. I assume it's one of these 3" by 7" or whatever they are. More important is probably what kind of wood you are using. Apple or Hickory or Oak are all pretty safe for pork. You can use mesquitte if you want but it gives a very strong flavor that many reserve for beef.
If it turns out good and you want to do it right next time, invest in a Webber Bullet or Big Green Egg. Those are probably the two leading backyard smokers our there without getting into a huge rig. Never used an Egg but I like my Bullet.
Using a pan of water in the smoker helps keep the temperature from fluctuating too much.
My Dad has an Egg and it's pretty awesome. He said it's different cooking on it, though, coming from a Weber. I have a Weber and love it.
You can soak the chips, thats ok. Just mix with dry chips. I would change out the chips every 45 min - 1hr of cook time.
How did the ribs turn out?
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