My first MES smoke went well

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by dom, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. dom

    dom Newbie

    (Sorry, no pics). I'm sitting here with a stomach full of ribs. A few observations.

    Ribs came out well. I used a rub and glaze that were published by Danny Gaulden. Made 4 racks of ribs in total, 2 were done with the 2-2-1 foil method, the other 2 I kept unfoiled and just cooked for ~5hours.

    Both were good, the foiled ribs were definately more tender, but both could have been a little jucier.

    Temps were a little higher than I wanted, generally 230-250 range (I wanted about 225). Temps varied a bit through the cook, though, which I understand is normal for an electric smoker due to the cycling on and off of the element. (I did fill the water pan about 3/4 with water).

    Because of the higher temps, I think I would have had jucier ribs had I stopped cooking after 4 or 4.5 hours.

    I have a poulder 2 probe thermometer that is pretty accurate.

    Temps on the MES display varied from the temps on the Poulder by anywhere from 10 to 40 degrees!! I can't explain this one, it's a little bit odd. I though there would be at leat a consistent difference, but sometimes the temps were just a little bit off, other times they were almost 40 degrees off.

    Anyway, a good smoke, and I am looking forward to the next one.
  2. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds good, but we too are looking forward to your next one (with pics).[​IMG]
  3. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Don't forget to log your thoughts and ideas for your next smoke in a journal of some type. That way you can refine the process until you get it exactly where you want it to be. Have fun and take care.

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