interesting chat about the smoke profile. I wasn't too concerned about the smoke profile as I do not like overly smoked food. The majority of those comments come from offset people and people that think that the pellet grill is witch craft. I will say that I have never had a smoke ring produced on any of my BBQs to date like that one. I have cooked on a gasser, WSM, weber kettle, KJ, KK. I have had great results and nice consistent smoke rings, but smaller and they don't tend to penetrate quite like this one did.
John, the moisture comment and the convection like makes a ton of sense. I decided on this cook to add a small water bowl. I have used a water dish on the kamado as well on some cooks and really like the added moisture that it creates. Maybe this is why the smoke ring penetrated as deep as it did for me on these ribs.
Someone asked me to describe the smoke profile the other day. I compared it to the following:
When smoking with wood chunks on the kamado, you are mixing some white smoke with clean smoke once the piece of wood gets stable. I call it a campfire type taste hard to describe but smokier. Then when I used the smoker pot on the kamado, I get a very sweet clean smoke and the profile isn't as aggressive. The next day you can smell the smoke in the meat like crazy with leftovers, but its cleaner. I wouldn't say its less smoked, just removed a bunch of the bad stuff.
The pellet grill removes the charcoal taste. Huge profile change right there. Then the smoke is as clean as it gets and the smoke is constant as wood is always burning. I find it way stronger than anything that I have ever smoked before on a kamado, but I guess some say that its not as strong as say an offset.
I remember big green craig once posted on a forum that after smoking his first brisket on a rec-tec he stated that he now understands that there is a right tool for the job. Its very true in my opinion now. The kamado is the best multi purpose cooker on the market. It handles low and slow, grilling, and high heat with the best of them.... the swiss army knife of BBQ. But there are things out there that do a task a bit better. I am seeing a whole new world, smoke profile and taste now with this pellet grill. Is it going to be my dedicated BBQ... absolutely not. I will use it for convenience and when I just want an easy day. I have two young boys in rep sport and my wife and I are both shift workers which make life crazy. My buddy hooked me up with this because he knows just how crazy my time is and he wasn't using it.
I think the other complaint is that the pellets are mixed woods and fillers. I have been very pleased with the traeger pellets but do not prefer the flavours that they sell. I found BBQR's delight peach. For me they are a mix of peach and oak. Those are my two favourite so if they are mixed that is perfect for me!