Hey everyone, I'm Joe and I live in Florence Ky. I just purchased a new MES 30 smoker as an early Christmas present from my wife I'm fairly new to smoking in general, but have played around on a charcoal grill with some success. This is my first electric smoker and so far it really is quite the smoker.
I've only had it for a few days, but so far I've smoked the following in an effort to play around with it and learn it's traits
1. Several packages of uncured brats, various brands. All turned out good, but i see the casing can get a bet tough. The meat inside was perfect. These were fun as a trial and something that didnt take long, but I have to admit I like brats better grilled.
2. A small (2 lbs) pork loin. I honestly was a little disappointed in this one. I cooked it to an IT of 145 and I thought that was way too rare for my, and my family's tastes. I pulled it at 145 and let it rest for approx 2 hours and it was just way too pink for me. I don't know if i did something wrong, or my tastes just like pork a little more done. I'm planning to try another one in the near future and take it up to maybe 150-155 and pull it.
3. Several pounds of fresh frozen Salmon filets. These really turned out well and my wife loved them. She's sort of a vegetarian (eats dairy and fish, but no meat or poultry). I was extra pleased with how they turned out and will be doing more fish once fishing season starts again in this area. I'm thinking stripped bass might be awesome smoked the same way as the salmon.
Planning to get the AMNPS and put an exhaust chimney on.
Anyways, looking forward to all the wealth of information on this site. Seems like a great bunch of folks!