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Returning to the fold in Portland

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Hi folks. My name's Adam and I just wanted to say thanks for being such a resource as I've jumped back into my love of smoking meats after a 12 year hiatus. Used to do a lot of ribs in a basic Brinkman charcoal smoker when I lived in St. Louis, MO, but got sidelined with work, marriage, kids, etc. after moving here to the pacific northwest. I've been grilling on a weber kettle since then but mostly just chicken, steaks, brats.

My little ones have become pulled pork fanatics lately though, and I wanted to show them it's something dad can make too! So after a lot of hemming and hawing, I went with an MES 30 from Lowes to get my feet wet. AMNPS is on order - just waiting for Todd to get back and ship the goods. 3" duct elbow already in place. In the meantime, I followed the general guidelines from the pork sticky and some MES threads and had a successful first smoke this week.

The quick specs:
7lb bone-in pork shoulder
Stubbs BBQ rub (plus a little extra garlic powder and spanish paprika)
Overnight in the fridge
225 in the MES, dry water pan, vent open halfway
mix of apple and hickory chips
Foiled at 170, pulled, wrapped and stuffed in the cooler at 205
Never opened the door to peek, spritz, etc as I wanted a baseline for the level of "interference" required before I start tinkering.
Pulled by hand and dressed lightly in a mix of juice from the foil, apple cider vinegar, salt, and a couple tablespoons of Stubbs sauce.

Overall I'm pretty pleased with the results. Was moist, medium smoke, decent bark - but most importantly I couldn't keep my three year old daughter's hands out of the pan as I was pulling it. Looking forward to improving, expanding and maybe branching out to some brisket and ribs. Will be digging through the postings here for ideas and improvements.

post #2 of 11

Glad to hear the pork was a hit Adam, Welcome to SMF

post #3 of 11

Welcome to Portland... you made it back just in time for the rainy season.... lol. Always nice to see a fellow Moss Grower here on the forums - as long as you got a covered porch you can smoke year round. biggrin.gif

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post #5 of 11

welcome1.gif   Glad to have you with us!

post #6 of 11

Adam, welcome... Very glad you stopped in... Sounds like you are well established and hooked pretty deeply on the smoking bug... Folks here are great people and have many recipes to experiment with... enjoy your long smokey ride on the forum.... Dave

post #7 of 11

Welcome to SMF Adam. Glad to have you with us.



Happy Smokin'



post #8 of 11


This site has tons of info.

I would suggest you spend some time reading all the different forums and the WIKIs.

Ask questions and use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!

Take the awesome free E-Course!!!

Have a great day!!!



      Make bacon the easy way!!


post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks all for the warm welcome!

post #10 of 11

Sounds Great, Adam!!!


Sounds like you and the kids are "HOOKED" !!!!!





post #11 of 11

Welcome! I also have two kids that are smoked meat fanatics! Also lived in MO for a time before moving north recently.

A newbie myself to this forum, it is a little overwhelming the amount of info that is on this page, but there is a great community here that is more than willing to help out a fellow smoker. Hope to see more posts soon!


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