first smoke ever!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jamesedw1, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. jamesedw1

    jamesedw1 Fire Starter

    last night I smoked 2 pork loins on my masterbuilt. one turned out really well and one turned out not so good. I made a homemade rub and put it in the fridge for 2 hours before smoking. smoked it on 250 for 2 and 1/2 hours and one turned out really dry and one turned out really juicy and tender. I dont know where i went wrong. the internal temp was 170. any suggestions? Thanks
  2. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    The IT was 170` on both of them ?? to begin with.. 170 is well done (dry) for pork... loins, you want to pull at 145`ish.. sounds like the dry one was in a hot spot on the smoker and cooked more than the juicy one....
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2014
  3. jamesedw1

    jamesedw1 Fire Starter

    !m confused on where pork should be cooked at. some people say 145 and ive seen someone say 180. so 145? i also noticed the dry one was thinner then the one that was moist.I need to play around with it more thanks
  4. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What he said :yeahthat:
  5. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Pork is 145° unless pulled, then 195° - 205°
  6. jamesedw1

    jamesedw1 Fire Starter

    thank you! I knew it was a good idea getting on this site!
  7. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    James , I suggest you practice on Chickens and get use to how your Smoker works . The next project would be a Pork Butt and practice some more... that's your key to good Smoking, that and patience.

    You'll want to also read Jeff's free Smoking E-book , a great start...

    Also , start a "LOG BOOK" of all your cooks , good or bad , and watch the skills improve [​IMG].

    Have a great Thanksgiving and as always . . .
  8. jamesedw1

    jamesedw1 Fire Starter

    I have started a log book I thought it would be a good idea. I'm going to do chicken this weekend and play around. My first smoke didn't turn out very well but I'm having a lot of fun!!!
  9. After reading your threads I am going to start a log book as well. I have been meaning to do so but I haven't. There have been some great smoke recipes that have turned out good and others not so good. I needed this push from reading these threads, thanks for the advice.

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