Originally Posted by FloridaSteve
Right now I'm cooking two butts, one on rack one and the other on rack two. On rack one I have two probes, one on each side of my butt. The left one averages 10 degrees lower than the right. So if I'm wanting to cook something at 230, should I place my Maveric probe on the left side and set the smoker to whatever setting it takes to make the Maveric probe react 230 + 5, or 235?
Or perhaps it not really all that critical?? Does 5 or 10 degrees really make all that much difference? I was all ready to order one of those $100 BT thermoters that have four probes and allows you to print out graphs so I could tell exactly what easy side of each rack was doing. But is that necessary? I'm beginning to feel like I'm spending all my energy pushing around tiny problems until I get them piled up into a mountain of worry, that really isn't necessary.
The temp display on the Maverick depends on where the probes are placed in the MES: left side, right side, rack 1, rack 2, rack 3, toward the front or near the rear wall. I must have ADHD because in no way can I deal with that. With so many variables I just want to take out the Weber kettle grill and slap whatever I was going to smoke over hot charcoal.
So, what I've done is to designate where I clip the probes inside my MES 30. I typically use rack #2 when smoking one hunk o' meat. The BARBECUE probe is always clipped on the left side of rack #2 near where the side and rear walls meet. I do that because the left side typically doesn't get as hot as the right side (with some exceptions) so I want to make sure the left side is at least at or around the set point instead of being too far below it after I adjust the overall controller temp. The FOOD probe goes inside the hunk o' meat, of course from the right side.
When smoking 2 racks of pork ribs, I clip the BARBECUE probe again to the left side of rack #2 and the FOOD probe to the right side of rack #3 because I like to observe the temp differences between the two MES racks and sides. and adjust the controller so that the (cooler) left side is at or slightly below the set point while the right side is typically dead on.
Since both probes have been calibrated and by clipping them to the same spots I've now been able to get temp readings that are consistently a certain number of degrees separated from the readings on the MES controller screen. In fact, I just use the temp display on the controller screen as a point of reference. Anyway, this is my system and it works for me. My personal mountains of worry reside in other regions of my life.