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Thread Starter 
Hello everyone. I bought a mes for my husband for christmas. We live in falcon colorado altitude is about 6900. Do we need to adjust our temperature because of the high altitude. Also i want to smoke some ribs and chicken brats for him today while he is at work. Can anyone help me on times and temps. Thank you for the good info I have found on this. Go Broncos. We also own a traeger but we never really used it as a smoker we just used it as a grill. Any ideas on the traeger would help us out this summer.

Thank you

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Lisa :welcome1:

Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
because their are so many different ways to make great Q...

On the ribs try a 3-2-1 for spare or 2-2-1 for BB.
Happy smoken.

post #3 of 8
Welcome! Do what David said and you'll be great.

Now, about the brats, are they fresh or do they have cure in them? If fresh, you should cook them at a higher temp to cook fast enough to get them into the safe zone. If they have a cure, carry on with the plan you have.

For the ribs, run the MES at 225-250 until done.

Have fun!
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thank you david. This is probably a stupid question but you put 2-2-1 on BB. Would that be for baby back ribs
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Thread Starter 
Thank you crankybuzzard. The chicken brats are fresh. Would they be ok at 250. And how long. David said 5 to 6 hrs on the ribs. Do you know how long on the brats.
post #6 of 8
Fresh brats need to be grilled, poached, or pan fried. 250 may be a bit low for them.

BB is baby backs. 2-2-1 means 2 hours in smoke, 2 hours wrapped in foil in the smoker, then 1 hour out of the foil back in the smoke.

I'd check the ribs in the foil after 1 hour, too long in there and they may fall to pieces on you!

There's a tutorial in this link that shows how to do ribs for the first time.

Got more questions, let us know!
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texas.gif  Good morning and welcome to the forum, from a cold and chilly day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything. 



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Thread Starter 
Thank you crankbuzzard. Im going to go to the link.

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