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Smoking Techniques => Hot Smoking and Barbecuing => Topic started by: PrairieSailor on November 21, 2020, 02:10:05 pm

Title: Smoking belly for bacon generates lots of water
Post by: PrairieSailor on November 21, 2020, 02:10:05 pm
Hey,

Not too much traffic on here anymore, but hoping someone pops in to provide a comment.  I smoked about 15 lbs of belly for bacon, and I noticed that while smoking a lot of moisture (or maybe fat) is generated on top of each slab.  It poured off when I removed them.  Is it benefial to remove this throughout the smoke?  Pat it down or something? 
Title: Re: Smoking belly for bacon generates lots of water
Post by: cathouse willy on November 21, 2020, 04:08:48 pm
Keep the vent wide open???
Title: Re: Smoking belly for bacon generates lots of water
Post by: oldsmoker on November 21, 2020, 04:09:39 pm
Is your vent opened all the way?
Title: Re: Smoking belly for bacon generates lots of water
Post by: Habanero Smoker on November 22, 2020, 03:32:16 am
Also what temperature were you smoking at? If you are using too high of a temperature, and the fat is rendering, that is not ideal. Were you having a problem keeping the smoker at your set temperature?

It is best to try to prevent this problem. The more moisture the more smoke particles will absorb/adhere to the meat. This may cause a much stronger, more acrid smoke then desired. It may not be a major problem for the Bradley, since the burning of the bisquettes provide a much cleaner smoke. If you can't prevent this by widening the vent opening or adjusting your temperature, and it is a lot of buildup to the point you have to pour it off, at the end of the smoke; than blotting the areas with a paper towels, once or twice during the smoke could helpful.