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Brand new MES 40,new to electric..

post #1 of 11
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Just seasoned my new MES 40 Gen 1...would like to smoke some pork spare ribs along with 2 5-6lb pork shoulders. Cant seem to find size dimensions on the net..only weight. I think the ribs are 5 by 18 inches,no idea on shoulder dimensions. How many racks can I do at a time if I am also doing 2 shoulders..I understand I will be pulling the ribs long before the shoulders. Or does anyone out there know the best way to accomplish this amount on a MES 40???




BTW...I'm not from Staten Island...I just live here...transplanted Texan....

Edited by abynrml - 5/1/14 at 3:05pm
post #2 of 11
You have plenty of room
post #3 of 11
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Yes..just curious about capacity combos the folks out there have attained. .temps..times. .etc
post #4 of 11
Plenty of room. You might have to cut ribs in half if they are that long but that's not ideal.
post #5 of 11
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ok....so I'm in the Meat Dept. with a tape measure...of course no one thinks I'm an oddball...it's NYC...I find the Pork Loin Back Ribs...5 x 17 inches...Pork Spare Ribs 9 x 18 inches since they were not St. Louis Style...no shoulders left to measure so I found a 7lb pork roast at 8 x 5 x 10 inches high. The MES 40 has four racks 12 x 18 with 6 inches of vertical spacing. I guess if I use rib racks, I should get four baby backs on each rack for total of 16...if I remove the top rack and place the shoulders on 3rd rack with two full racks below for my ribs, then I should have room for 2 shoulders and 8 racks of ribs??? Has anyone out there loaded up their MES 40 with this type of combo? Would also like to know if I should still use the 2-2-1 and 3-2-1 method while smoking the shoulders or a brisket. Obviously I would not mix pork and beef... I am a little hesitant about opening the door that many times while the shoulders or especially a brisket are on at the same time as the ribs. Any info would be greatly appreciated...especially from my co-workers on Monday when I lay out my Texas Feast!!

post #6 of 11

Drop the tape measure, get a knife LOL


2-2-1 and 3-2-1 are for baby back ribs and spare ribs, not for butts and briskets


You can cook anything you want in the smoker at the same time.  Its all about cook time, not whats next to it.

post #7 of 11
How many slabs do you want to do?
post #8 of 11
I could do 9 baby backs and 2 pork butts on my MES 40
post #9 of 11
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Cooking for 20...figured a half rack and 1 large sandwich per person.Will probably do 12 racks and 2 6-7lb shoulders...may be easier to do shoulders alone,then ribs by themselves...just not settled on temps for this MES 40...maybe 270 for shoulder and 250 for ribs????Any suggestions??
post #10 of 11

If 10 of those are ladies, half a rack each is probably more than plenty.  I'd bet the ladies will only eat 2 or 3 bones each.

post #11 of 11
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Oil refinery....some of the women are bigger than I am!!!!


Got a "deal" at Sam's Club...3 pack baby backs (10lbs) normally $3.88 per lb...Meat Mgr. sold me a case of six...18 total full racks..at $2.79 per lb..so for $168 I got 18 racks instead of my local grocery chain store at $4.99 per lb...would have been about $315....but 18 racks in one day is gonna be a task....

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