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Rib Experiment: Side by side comparison MES40 VS WSM22

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Well, with rib contest season on my doorstep I wanted to compare my two smokers to see which one will be used on the road this summer.  Over the winter I purchased a WSM 22 and a BBQ guru for temp control.  After a few trial runs over the winter I am slowly getting it figured out, and am getting pretty close.  I have been using my MES 40 electric for about the last 3-4 seasons with wonderful results.

 

Today I rubbed up 2 racks of BB Ribs and fired up the two smokers. (also have identical turkey breasts sill going, results to come).  I set both at 230 deg and both held temp as they should.  3-2-1 was the method, which means (for me-) 3hrs smoke, 2hrs foil, 15 min to set sauce n done.  My family likes them a little over done with clean bones, so that is what I do for home. 

 

Both rack were pulled at the same time.  Tenderness was about the same.  MES ribs were a little prettier on the bark, but the cut sides of the ribs looked much much better on the WSM ribs due to a quarter in smoke ring.  No smoke ring on the MES ribs.  Taste was a toss up.

 

Conclusion:  It's hard to beat the convenience of the MES.  Although setting up the WSM isn't that much more work.  I was hoping for a clear winner today but there just isn't one.  If I'm going somewhere where power is an issue and don't want to haul n deal with the Honda generator, I'll bring the WSM.  As far as competition goes, I think the WSM will get me some appearance points due to the smoke ring.  So...ehhh...

 

 

Left: WSM 22            Right: MES 40

 

TOP: WSM 22                                     BOTTOM: MES 40

post #2 of 5

Well done.  Great input.

post #3 of 5
Wish I was a taste tester for your experiment!
post #4 of 5
A contest that allows electrics? I didn't know they existed! I guess I need to get out more.
post #5 of 5

 I'm with bfili. Never been to a competition that allows electric. Charcoal or wood only. Of coarse I don't live in WI either Think I would concentrate on the WSM.

 

  Mike

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