quote:Originally posted by thelostverse:quote:Originally posted by g-man:
i'm starting to be of the mind that the smoke ring is just looks appeal.
A smoke ring is nice optics, but ultimately means nothing to the taste of the food.
The ring itsef is just nice optics, but the nitrates definitely do change the texture of the meat.
the nitrates binds the meat molecules and changes it to gives meat that firmer not as gritty "ham" texture.