What causes a smoke ring

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What causes a smoke ring

Post by Gizmo » July 13th, 2012, 10:09 am

Not that long ago somebody on here gave a short explanation of the actual chemical causes of a good smoke ring and I can't find it on here - even searching it...
Anybody help me find it?


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Re: What causes a smoke ring

Post by SoloQue » July 13th, 2012, 10:19 am

FROM THE WEBSITE AMAZING RIBS

The smoke ring in meat is caused by four things:

1) Low temperature cooking,
2) combustion of the wood at high temperatures to form nitrogen dioxide,
3) nitrogen dioxide, and
4) moisture on the surface of the meat to help move the water soluble nitrogen dioxide into the meat.

When these conditions are met, nitrogen dioxide in wood smoke reacts with the myoglobin in meat to form nitrites and nitrates. These are the same compounds added to hot dogs and other cured meats to preserve them and they also give them their pink color.

When smoke roasting, the moist meat absorbs smoke. Less smoke is absorbed as the cooking continues because the surface of the meat begins to seal and becomes saturated with smoke. For this reason putting a pan of water in a smoker helps create a smoke ring. In fact some smokers, called water smokers, have water pans built in.

Most of the smoke flavoring occurs in the first hour or two of cooking so adding wood to the fire late in the cook doesn't create as much flavor. It also allows moisture to escape. It's better to just leave the door closed.


If it can't be smoked .... try frying it. It that don't work, it's probably best just left alone

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Post by smokendink71 » July 13th, 2012, 10:35 am

:yth:


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Re: What causes a smoke ring

Post by Gizmo » July 13th, 2012, 12:08 pm

Thanks Solo!
I just couldn't remember nitrogen dioxide --> myoglobin --> nitrites/nitrates :)


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Re: What causes a smoke ring

Post by SoloQue » July 13th, 2012, 12:40 pm

MOISTURE + HOT SMOKE FROM WOOD = RING :kewl: THIS GOOD
TOO MUCH SMOKE = BAD [-x
:bigfoot: I LIKE BBQ


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Post by smokendink71 » July 13th, 2012, 1:28 pm

:yth: again lol


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Re: What causes a smoke ring

Post by PvilleComp » July 13th, 2012, 5:17 pm

Or as Ted Nugent would say... Just kill it and add fire. **==



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Re: What causes a smoke ring

Post by maccas66 » July 13th, 2012, 6:56 pm

:-B I always thought it was the way you held your lips when exhailing the smoke!, with kind of a sharp jaw movement at the same time! :explode2:


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Re: What causes a smoke ring

Post by Jethro1 » July 13th, 2012, 8:54 pm

That's what she said...


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Re: What causes a smoke ring

Post by The Czar » July 14th, 2012, 8:29 am

Solo..... :-B

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