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post #1 of 16
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Decided to do my first ribs this weekend for the Bama/Tennessee Game. Plenty of Qview coming. Got the MES 30 set to 230. The temp out is around 35 degrees, so keeping the temp up is starting to worry me. They have been on for 30 minutes and the temp has yet to get back up to 230 after I preheated it. I am using the water pan.

 

I used Jeff's Rub on the ribs.

 

Also threw on some thighs that I did in the Scarbelly style. You can find the recipe in the chicken forum.

 

Well, wish me luck and more Qview to come. Roll Tide!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 16

It all looks good so far. The MES shoud not have a problem holing temp at 35° A lot of people replace the water with sand. It helps hold the heat as water will not get above 212° at sea leavel.

Keep the pics coming.

Happy smoken.

David

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Originally Posted by themule69 View Post
 

It all looks good so far. The MES shoud not have a problem holing temp at 35° A lot of people replace the water with sand. It helps hold the heat as water will not get above 212° at sea leavel.

Keep the pics coming.

Happy smoken.

David

Thanks for the tips. I need to get a bag of sand and fill the bowl. Have also thought of doing the bricks that I have heard others say works well for them. More pics to come. It is up to the right temp now. I know I will lose some when I take the thighs out after two hours. 

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Originally Posted by bamasmoker77 View Post
 

Thanks for the tips. I need to get a bag of sand and fill the bowl. Have also thought of doing the bricks that I have heard others say works well for them. More pics to come. It is up to the right temp now. I know I will lose some when I take the thighs out after two hours.

Yea bricks work good as well. Glad your up to temp.

David

post #5 of 16
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I got the thighs off and working on the mix for the second step of the 3-2-1 method. I decided to try my own little recipe for that. Went with Apple juice, brown sugar, butter, and honey. Getting the taste where I like and keeping it warm. Man my mouth is watering. I may have to get one of those thighs before lunch!!!

 

 

 

 

post #6 of 16
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Ribs are wrapped and going in for the two hour steam in the smoker. 

 

 

post #7 of 16

The thighs look GREAT! The ribs are starting to take on some good color.

Happy smoken.

David

post #8 of 16
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Thanks David. The smoking bug has bitten me and I have the fever. lol

post #9 of 16

nice looking grub! the chicken looks really great. i want to cook some now! :)

post #10 of 16
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nice looking grub! the chicken looks really great. i want to cook some now! :)

Fire up the smoker dewetha!!!

post #11 of 16
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Phase two is done. Just got them sauced up for Phase three! So close to eating them. The wife thought they were good enough to be done without sauce. I have to admit, the second stage juice I made really came through in the meat. I definitely could have done them without sauce, but I love cattleman's honey barbecue sauce. Here is a little look

 

 

 

post #12 of 16

the old sauce-no sauce debate!  those are looking tasty. i have ribs going on tomorrow!

 

the last ribs i made i did half a rack no sauce, one rack sauce. i am warming up to the no sauce, especially after my last rib test run(1/2 racj rub only, 1/2 rack rub/sauce).

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the old sauce-no sauce debate!  those are looking tasty. i have ribs going on tomorrow!

 

the last ribs i made i did half a rack no sauce, one rack sauce. i am warming up to the no sauce, especially after my last rib test run(1/2 racj rub only, 1/2 rack rub/sauce).

I think next time I may do half without the sauce. They had a really good taste without it. 

post #14 of 16
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Didn't have time yesterday to post the final shots. The ribs were amazing and finishing them off tonight with the wife. Thanks for all the comments and suggestions!

 

 

post #15 of 16

Nicely done 77!  Ribs and thighs both look great.

 

For really good bite through skin on your thighs, cook at about 275 - 290 until an IT of 165.

 

Thanks for sharing.

 

Bill

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Nicely done 77!  Ribs and thighs both look great.

 

For really good bite through skin on your thighs, cook at about 275 - 290 until an IT of 165.

 

Thanks for sharing.

 

Bill

Thanks Bill! Normally I do my thighs at 275. The highest my smoker will go. I am still new to smoking figured I would give it a try at the other temp since I was firing it up for ribs. I prefer the higher temp for the skin as well.

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