Did the first smoke on my MES today, and had the best baby back ribs I've ever had. I'm currently an extremely happy MES 30 owner :) Especially considering it held a temp between 215 and 230 for 5 hours in -8*C (about 17*F) weather. Seeing all the q-view pics of food coming off the MES I noticed one thing, no smoke ring.
Personally, I like to see it so I tried something. I took a big lump of hardwood charcoal, put it in a ziplock bag and smashed it with a hammer, down to the same size as the cherry chips I was using. I then mixed the charcoal chips in with the cherry chips. Each handful I added to the MES looked like this:
Did it work? You tell me :p
I also noticed I was getting consistent TBS for about 45 minutes per handful rather than the 15-20 others report.I'd think that if you wanted a deeper smoke ring you could just up the charcoal to wood chip ratio with more charcoal.
If this is a well known technique, I must've missed that thread