First Smoke... Chicken Bacon Bites... Q-View

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by pittman, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. So, this weekend I had my first smoke.  I have the MES 40 and an AMS.  I had issues with flavor (Rub) and not enough smoke.  My AMS wasnt lighting correctly (mainly because I didnt have a butane lighter.)  Also, I was putting it on the bottom left of the smoker, is that a good spot? So I used a rub (made it on the fly) Salt, Pepper, Granulated Garlic, Onion Powder, Brown Sugar, Crushed Red Pepper Flake, Paprika, Cayanne, Chili Powder, and Cumin.  I just mixed without any rhyme or reason in measuring.  The taste was a little "off".  No real smoke flaver due to the AMS issue.  275 for 45 min, then mopped with sweet baby rays BBQ sauce. 30 min longer, then I put them on a hot grill for a few min.  

    I had such a great time smoking, I just wish the final product was better.  I think I have to get the AMS smoking good, and find a rub I like.  Ah well, I had a blast, and I'm learning! I forget where on the forum I got the recipe, but thanks to whoever it was! Beer can chicken was also going, Q-view on that coming up soon.


    Rubbed, wrapped, and ready to smoke.


    275 and starting to smoke


    Sorry a little blurry. Just about done.


    Finished product. 

    Very fun time!

    Any tips?
  2. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What I do is I get it burning while I am getting other things ready and once it is going good I place it on the rods to the left of the heating element...

    Food looks great.[​IMG]
  3. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    looks good from here. Your right you probably just need a rub you like ( jeff makes a great one ). Then you can get that MES real good & dirty!!
  4. Thanks guys. Ill try Jeffs, he sells the recipe right?
  5. cdot

    cdot Newbie

    Pics look good...Rome wasn't built in a day, keep up the good work.
  6. captsly

    captsly StickBurners

    Here is the link to the page where you can purchase his rub and sauce.

    I love the stuff.. Try it exactly like the recipe first before you change anything. I add a little more salt for my taste.....

    BTW the chicken bites look great!

    Last edited: Jun 6, 2011
  7. You're right cdot! 

    Just ordered Jeff's, thanks all!  With the AMS, if I am smoking for like 2 hours, lets say a beer can chicken, should I fill the bottom of the AMS with about a 1/4 to 1/2 in, and light both ends really good?  It should be smouldering, not lit with a flame right? 

    AMS tips would be a big help! 
  8. captsly

    captsly StickBurners

    When I light mine I blow it good until you see a good cherry coal glowing. If you are going for 2 hours of smoke, I would definitely light up both ends and let her go!! Make sure you fill up the rows and tamp it down on something solid to compact it good.  Also I put the dust I am getting ready to use into a bowl and microwave for 1 minute, mix it up and in for another minute to dry out any moisture before filling the maze.

  9. Great! Thanks for the tips, cant wait to try!!!
  10. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    The chicken bites look delicious! You just gotta get the inside of that smoker dirtied up a little!   [​IMG]
  11. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    Great lookin Chix!
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What he said----Plus:

    Fill them all but the top 1/8" or so. Don't try to guess how much length of rows you'll need. When you've had enough smoke, just take a spoon or screwdriver, or whatever & scrape the smoldering dust away from the unburned dust. It will stop & then you can save the rest for next time.

  13. Very smart bear! Thanks for the tip, I'm going to do that!
  14. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    You can also zap the wood dust in the microwave for a few seconds if your having trouble getting it lit. 

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