Started a big smoke over the weekend. I've been using my Weber 22" kettle with Smokenator for a couple years. Just recently bought a MES 40" and love it. Only thing I miss is a smoke ring...No biggie
I bought two large butts and the two chuck roasts from Sam's. The brisket I found reduced at Wal-Mart.
I've been using a modified rub recipe for about two years...have tried others but keep coming back to this one.
You can reduce or add to your liking:
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup paprika
1/4 cup kosher salt
4 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons ground ginger
2 tablespoons ground oregano
1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon basil
1 tablespoon cayenne
1 tablespoon chipotle
First up ... the butts
Did not trim anything on these...this is how they were out of the bag
Next up... The chucks
Rubbed down with "Thick" Worcestershire and followed up with the rub.
And finally the brisket:
got happy with the knife in a few spots :)
All sealed up and ready for the fridge overnight..
Here is my neighbors corn bread recipe... it was wonderful (again you can reduce or add to quantities)
MEXICAN CORN BREAD
Chucks up to 195 and taken off.... Butts and brisket in the middle of their stall
Here is some brisket shots:
1/4 of the brisket vacuumed packed to enjoy sometime in the future :)
And now the butts:
Here are the extras ready to preserve for later use..
All I do it take from freezer, place in pot of water and bring to boil. Just as good as the day it was made. The sealed bag and boiling water heat it through and through....Perfect. FoodSaver was another great purchase for me.
And now the most important part of an MES equation.... The A-maze-n smoker...
The best purchase for me all year. I got the 6x8 and loaded it with hickory/apple mix... Lit one end and this sucker provided tons of smoke for 8+hours no kidding. Absolutely perfect for those overnight smokes. I just make sure it lights and does not go out ( I go check it again after 1/2 hour) if it's still lit... it all good for the whole night. Thanks Todd for a great product.
I looked at the original time stamp on these two pictures of the A-MAZE-N and they are about 5 hours apart.
This sucker just works.
If you have an MES, this is a must have. So much easier. With that said, I usually start a smoke with a couple handfuls of chips in the MES loader then after everything settles in I place the A-MAZE-N smoker in the bottom of the MES. You can see in the pic below where I place it. It is on the two wire rods right under the water pan. Simple
Sorry for the overload of pics, just trying to give back to the website that got it all started for me.