Bought the masterbuilt electric smoker 20072612 with the cold smoker sidekick. Made mac and cheese, my first time ever smoking something and it didn't go well. I cooked at 225 for an hour and smoked the whole time. It was producing a lot of smoke, which is the problem because the food was too smokey.
The cold smoker does not have a variable smoke option it's just on or off. I believe I need to turn off the smoker part for a good part of the smoking, I'm guessing leave it smoke for about ten minutes then turn it off, that's a wild guess. Btw I'm using cherry wood chip from Home Depot.
Any help would be great.
Crazy smoker, what I can tell you in general advice is that the cold smoker is just that: a smoker used with little or no heat when smoking. You would use it with cheeses, salmon, things where smoking with heat would ruin the food, like melting the cheese. I've never smoked mac and cheese; did you make up the recipe or did you find one? Typically when you smoke it's a low and slow process. I just saw a smoked bacon mac and cheese recipe that called for smoking at 225 degrees for 2-3 hours. Beef brisket for example would be smoked at temps between 215* and 245* (VERY generally speaking) for anywhere from 6-12 hours or so. If you were using wood chips in both the MES and the cold smoker at the same time that would have produced way too much smoke. It needs to be one or the other.
You're also using wood chips, which is what the MES was designed for. To me, wood chips give off too much smoke and they burn out too quickly so that you're always adding more chips every 30 minutes or so, and of course the amount you add can vary so that also makes the smoke inconsistent. Many of here use pellet or dust smokers from A-MAZE-N Products, owned by Todd Johnson who's also a member of this forum. You've got a MES40 Gen 2 so the placement of a pellet smoker (which is what I use) would be different from where I place it in my smoker. A pellet smoker would give you even, thin blue smoke (TBS) up to 11 hours or so. You can get pellets in every wood type that you can get in wood chips.
Hope this helps.