It was 6:00 a.m. when I rose from a sound sleep to get the smoker going - ah, the life of a pitmaster...
The grow lights in the greenhouse are the only lights on this morning.
Ok, I'll be using the Masterbuilt 40 for this small cook so I turned it on. Wow, that was easy. So far so good!
Should I read the directions for the AMNPS or just go by memory of what I've read on SMF? You guessed it - I'm just going to go for it.
Filled 1-1/2 rows with Pitmasters Blend. Used a propane torch to get it lit. Let it flame for about 10 minutes.
MES was up to temp in by 6:25 - so I pulled the chip loader tray out about half way, blew out the flame on the AMNPS, and set it on the rails on the lower left of the smoker. It's dark in there!
I started to smell some rather nice smoke, so it was time to get the meat in there too. The stars of today's cook are these two racks of ribs - bought a 3 pack at Costco and am saving one rack for a rib cook-off at work next Friday. I was just going to do my standard homemade rib rub yesterday, but my wife made a suggestion for an addition to the rub and it sounded good to me. This is just a test after all, right?
More later as the cook progresses....