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Second try with pork butt in MES underway now!

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First, thanks to everybody that gave me suggestions in my thread last weekend.  I am using everyone's suggestions this time around.  I filled the water pan with play sand and covered it with foil.  I am also smoking with the top vent wide open.  I even bought the a-maze-n pellet smoker, loaded with hickory pellets.  It has been on since 8 am, and I just put the meat probe into the pork.  After 4 hours, the meat temperature is at 140, and the smoker is at 228F.  When I inserted the meat probe, I noticed that the AMPS had gone out very shortly after I put it into the smoker.  It's odd, because there was some smoke puffing out of the vent this whole time, so I am not sure what was going on.  I'm trying to re-light the AMPS, so we'll see if I have better luck.  I'm going to let the AMPS burn for at least 15 minutes with a flame before I put it back in.  Should I remove the chip loader while the AMPS is in there?

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First, thanks to everybody that gave me suggestions in my thread last weekend.  I am using everyone's suggestions this time around.  I filled the water pan with play sand and covered it with foil.  I am also smoking with the top vent wide open.  I even bought the a-maze-n pellet smoker, loaded with hickory pellets.  It has been on since 8 am, and I just put the meat probe into the pork.  After 4 hours, the meat temperature is at 140, and the smoker is at 228F.  When I inserted the meat probe, I noticed that the AMPS had gone out very shortly after I put it into the smoker.  It's odd, because there was some smoke puffing out of the vent this whole time, so I am not sure what was going on.  I'm trying to re-light the AMPS, so we'll see if I have better luck.  I'm going to let the AMPS burn for at least 15 minutes with a flame before I put it back in.  Should I remove the chip loader while the AMPS is in there?


Sounds like you're doing everything real good !! Keep her up!!

 

You might want to blow on that red fire cherry in the pellet row to drive the cherry deep into the bottom of the row to keep it going.

 

I've been using an AMNPS for 4 years & my Chip burner & loader are still in place.

 

Bear

post #3 of 12
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On second thought, the smoker is set to 225 and it is holding steady at around 235-240.

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On second thought, the smoker is set to 225 and it is holding steady at around 235-240.


Are you getting those numbers from your MES digital read-out, or from another therm, like a Maverick??

 

 

Bear

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Thanks, @Bearcarver.  Do you have a picture of how you arrange things in your smoker? Drip pan, the AMPS, etc?  Thanks!

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Thanks, @Bearcarver.  Do you have a picture of how you arrange things in your smoker? Drip pan, the AMPS, etc?  Thanks!


Sure---This is all I do in mine:

 

I put the Amazing Smoker on the bottom bars, to the left of the Chip burner.
Then I cut a foil pan in half & put it above the Amazing to keep drips off of it.
You may not need the plate I have on the right, above the water pan, to push heat over to the middle, instead of running up the right side.
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I am using this probe: http://www.amazon.com/Ivation-Range-Wireless-Digital-Thermometer/dp/B00ANCXJR6


OK---Then if you like 235° to 240°, leave it set at 225°, but if you want it closer to 225°, just set your MES to 210° or 215°.

 

Actually any of those temps are fine.

 

 

Bear

post #9 of 12
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I got the pellet smoker going really well the second time.  In fact, the smoker has been off for over two hours and it's still going!  The pork turned out more like I expected this time.  I wrapped it in foil after it got up to 165, and then I let it go to 190.  It could have probably used more time, because it didn't pull as easily as it should have.  But the smoke flavor was definitely better, and except for a few spots, the fat rendered pretty well.

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Originally Posted by Steve973 View Post
 

I got the pellet smoker going really well the second time.  In fact, the smoker has been off for over two hours and it's still going!  The pork turned out more like I expected this time.  I wrapped it in foil after it got up to 165, and then I let it go to 190.  It could have probably used more time, because it didn't pull as easily as it should have.  But the smoke flavor was definitely better, and except for a few spots, the fat rendered pretty well.


I like to take Pork Butts to about 205° for easy pulling.

 

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You're getting there!!Thumbs Up

 

Bear

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How do you keep the window so clean was the first thing I noticed!

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How do you keep the window so clean was the first thing I noticed!


Something I learned from having a Wood Stove with a glass door for many years:

Clean it good before each start-up, and the smoke on the glass won't get baked on, and will be easier to clean.

If I have wood ashes available, I just touch a damp paper towel into the ashes, and use that to scrub the glass. Then finish it with a wet & then a dry Paper towel.

If I don't have ashes available I use Windex, with the door wide open so no over-spray goes inside my smoker.

 

 

Bear

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