How much woodchips do I need to smoke 7lbs of ribs in a Masterbuilt smoker

by Bob

Recently I have bought a Masterbuilt electric smoker Model 20070910, and I am trying to figure how much wood do I need.

Thank you,



You've just asked the proverbial "how long is a piece of string?" It really does depend on a number of things but that said I think I can put you on the right track.

With the Masterbuilt being a an electric smoker the wood consumption isn't related to the intensity of the fire (ie. the temperature that you are cooking at) so the only real variable to consider is the amount of time that you are going to smoke for.

The Masterbuilt has what they describe as an easy-to-use side wood chip loader. All you do is fill the loader with your favorite flavor of wood chips, slide it into the side of the smoker, and let the smoker do the rest.

Not having cooked on one of these units before it's difficult for me to say anything other than suck it and see. Just fill the side loader and set it off.

You're either going to use it all or there will be some left over but don't worry too much if you run out of smoke half way through the cookout. It's the first few hours of cooking where the smoke really matters, as you go through the cooking time, the addition of more smoke becomes less and less important.

Having said that, the unit you've bought does appear to be remarkably economical when it comes to wood chips so maybe you won't run out at all.

Sorry I can't be more precise but that's the art of smoking. If everything were certain, it'd take the fun out of it!

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