Pork Butt on MES

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by 9manfan, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. 9manfan

    9manfan Smoke Blower

    I'm going to be doing my first smoke this weekend with my MES, I'm doing about an 8lb. pork butt, been doing alot of research on this and the only thing I'm not real sure about is if people are filling the water tray in the smoker, if someone could help me out, I'd appreciate it,,,, thanks
  2. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I always use the water pan, it helps to stabilize the temps. Don't forget a drip pan for the juices and the foiling process, I use the juices mixed in with the meat after skimming the fat off after cooling in the freezer.

    Good luck!
  3. Umm... Water? J/K

    I Sometimes add wine, beer applejuice. I have never felt the water imparts a whole lot of flavor, it just keeps the box humid so its kind of like a continual mister.

    I usually fill it half way or therabouts with water and put in a bottle of beer or whatever I am adding. Mostly though, its water.

    And like RonP just said, it is a big heatsink.
  4. kurtsara

    kurtsara Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have done it both ways and I don't really notice a difference in the MES
  5. cruizer

    cruizer Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Did two butts last weekend. Injected with pinapple juice and richtee rub MMMMM Good! Oh yeah try the finishing sauce it is just the ticket for butt. Got a big ol seven bone roast in the MES right now. It will be enchilada's tonite! I always use the water tray even on a long smoke I just add more water. [​IMG]
  6. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I fill my water tray up with apple juice. If I'm doing just fatties or ATBz or mushrooms I'll use water. I fill my water pan up with lava rock when I'm doing jerky. It's good to have something to use as a heat sink even if you don't feel like it effects the flavor. I can taste the apple juice on my ribs... not so much on anything else. I think it keeps it sweeter and I don't use sugar in my rub.
    One other thing is..... I only put apple juice in the first part of the smoke. If I need more liquid I add water.
  7. 9manfan

    9manfan Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the help guys, I'll let you know how it turns out,,,,,,,,

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