Originally Posted by Dr K
I get intrigued when I read posts, then get locked in and have to solve dilemmas asap so I can move on, in order to expedite the next smoke. If you think you've managed enough time for a simple smoke like ABT"S, add another hour . Especially when your the only performer with no help. You've seen those three stooges one man bands with a dozen instruments. It's similar to prepping food while managing the 10+ minute AMNPS lighting and running a million probe wires through the top vent, then operating the Bear method of Mes heat stability as it reduces your stability. Then seeing no smoke from the Amnps because a gust of wind went by, but then see smoke and everthing is fine and then realize that you have to open the damn smoker door because you forgot to do something. I'm glad that never happened to me. Ha Ha!
I've decided to do my food prep the night before a smoke. I usually don't because, well, I'm at my most laziness at night. But last Sunday when I smoked the 3 racks of ribs, it took me about an hour to trim the ribs and dry rub them. It takes time to pull the membranes off of 3 racks of ribs, at least it does for me. Then there was trimming the fat and making sure enough rub was applied. But I'm not the fastest prep cook anyway. It's a good thing I made up the dry rub two days in advance.
But what I've begun to do with one smoking just one hunk of meat like a brisket is first running the ET-733 probes down the top vent and clipping one to rack 2 and leaving the other one loose. Then I turn on the MES, setting the set point temp and cooking time. Then, while that's warming up I light the AMNPS and get that going. While those two things are happening I go back into the kitchen and prep the meat--trimming the fat and applying the rub. By the time I'm done the smoker's at the set point and the AMNPS is ready to be inserted into the MES. I do that, go get the meat, stick it in the MES and then insert the FOOD probe. And that's the name of that tune played by this one-man band ('70s TV show reference).