Newbe here with a MES 30 Gen 1 and today was my first "real" smoke. I am smoking chickens for tomorrow lunch and went to the store to buy birds. All they had were ~ 7.5 pounds each. I got four and also thought I needed a Fattie or two so we got about three pounds of hamburger meat with goodies to go in them. I have never made Fatties before so thanks to all of you who are filling my head with the amazing recipes.
I made two fatties out of the three pounds of beef with cilantro, green onions, white onions, garlic, fresh basal, cheese and a mix of different spices. Placed them in the fridge overnight.
Today I pulled out the steroid induced birds and spread some mustered over them with all kinds of rub. Grabbed my new AMNPS and headed out the door to put them on about 1:00pm. I didn't preheat the smoker and put the birds and Fatties on right out of the fridge. Plugged in my trusty temp probe that is attached and it read 46*. The AMNPS kept going out and the temp never reached 225* after 7 hours. The internal temp of the chickens got to 160* but it took a long while.
I guess my question is, did I overfill the smoker? Thirty pounds of chicken and three pounds of beef all at one time in a 30" smoker. I had to set one bird on it's side to make two fit on a rack. The fatties were on the top rack.
Also had problems with the AMNPS going out so I had to open the door and take it out to relight it.
The food is resting now so I will let you know how it tasted tomorrow but they sure smell good.