New smoker (the machine, not me)

Discussion in 'Pork' started by thekingprawn, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. thekingprawn

    thekingprawn Newbie

    I finally broke down and bought a vertical smoker (Brinkmann propane) after my trusty horizontal finally succumbed to Washington State's ability to deteriorate everything. Today I'm doing my first smoke in it, a 7 pound pork shoulder. Here's my problem. Like an idiot I relied on the built in thermometer. It read about 230 with the burner on high, which caused a little concern since people have reported these smokers running hot. I attributed the problem to the drizzle and 60 degree air temp. After about 5 hours the meat thermo was reading 180. I didn't think there was any way to get that much meat that hot that fast at 230, so I dug out a different thermo to check the smoker temp. Turns out that the built in is at least 40 degrees off. So, essentially, I'm roasting a pork shoulder today. On the plus side, I don't have wait as long for dinner. Are all bimetal thermometers this bad or did I just get lucky? Is there a suitable replacement or should I just keep hanging the other digital in the smoker?
  2. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Factory therms are famous for being that far off. 
  3. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    You just have to have a good Thermo that reads both Smoker and IT if you are going to turn out good smokes...Good Luck but its really not any LUCK involved.
  4. thekingprawn

    thekingprawn Newbie



    Not horrible for the first smoke.
  5. smokinal

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

    Looks like it turned out great!  The PP looks delicious!
  6. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    YES!  These thermos are not very accurate

    Some of them are adjustable.  There should be a nut on the backside.  Put a wrench on it and turn the thermo to set it at an approximately accurate setting.  You should invest in a decent digital thermo, before you ruin something!

    Your shoulder looks great, considering the thermo malfunction.


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