Had my first smoke ever on my new Masterbilt Pro Dual Fuel Smoker. Pork ribs, preseasoned from Costco.
I read almost all posts regarding this smoker, but I still made tons of mistakes. I hope some can learn from my stupidity.
Here are my mistakes:
- After seasoning it and preheating it, I tried to put in the water pan (mostly filled with apple juice) after it was 250 degrees. I ended up spilling a bunch of water (and apple juice) on the hickory chips and dousing the flame. I then had to restart it.
- Big problem. The remote thermometer temp was WAY different than the one on the front of the smoker. Even on medium, the remote therm was showing over 400 degrees, while the one on the front of the smoke was 150. I had no idea what the real temperature.
- As recommended, I put tin foil on the chip tray so that there would be no flare ups. Well. the flame burnt right through the tin foil and had a ton of flare up.
- I used the recipe that came with the smoker for the ribs. 3 hours smoked then 1- 1 1/2 hours wrapped in tin foil. But because I had no idea what the real temperature was, I believe I overcooked it.
The results were still pretty good. They all got eaten and my kids loved the bacon flavor. For me, they were too dry, but still not bad on my first try with so many mistakes.
So, what do I do differently with the thermometer?
I'm moving towards getting an Igrill soon, but still, what did I do wrong?