I am back, after hibernating in a dark cave to lick my wounds and feel sorry for myself. But I am stronger than that and am now ready to start over.
I honestly haven't read everything that was sent to me but read enough that I need to do some responses.
My smoker is a Smokintex 1400. Shortly after I bought it the therometor or thermostat failed. I contacted smokintex people and they sent me another theromostat to do a replace, which I did. their instructions were clear and exact and for a while, things worked ok. then tjen temps started to go crazy and I was having the first really bad failures. that was when I gave the forum my cry for help.
I received a lot of suggestions, some I used, some I considered and some I rejected.
One suggestion was to install a different temp monitor and theroostat. I have to agree with this as the temps varied wildly with this smoker. while I now have the new setup, I have yet to install it. Call this licking my wounds time. now that the weather temp is warming up I will plan a day to work on it.
I would like to talk with someone in the local area about this, preferatability someone with a Smokintex. My closest city is Albuquerque, NM I am located approx 20 miles north in Placitas. The smoker is available at the Sportsman Wherehouse near Costco and Samsclub. i bought it there.
as far as handling the meat, I used Jeffs rub ( even tho the meat didn't turn out tender, it was still tasty). I put the ribblets in the crock pot for about 8hours and made rilletes from it. I used the 2-2-1 method reccommended by you all. and I watched the temp of the smoker as well as the temp of the meat. CAREFULLY.
tomorrow I will read in detail everything everyone has suggested. I want all to know that I really appreciate all of your concerns, suggestions and help.
I am ready to try again.
in the smoke,
JoAnn Mantych (JAM)