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Hello everyone, just received a new MES as a gift. I'm excited to get this thing going and wondering what I should throw in on opening night. Any suggestions? 

Also, if anyone has any tips for using the unit, or accessories I should go buy, I would love to hear them. Thanks!

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Welcome to your new addiction (smoking and the forums)... the search bar at the top will answer ALL your questions.... good luck...
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Hello everyone, just received a new MES as a gift. I'm excited to get this thing going and wondering what I should throw in on opening night. Any suggestions? 

Also, if anyone has any tips for using the unit, or accessories I should go buy, I would love to hear them. Thanks!

Hi after you get your new smoker broke in and do the prep burn my choice is to smoke 10.00 worth of pork tenderloin. You get 2 to a pk normally and they are about 1.5 pounds each. Pork tenderloin is the easiest to smoke . Just clean rinse dry sprinkle rub on and smoke at about 225 for 1-2 hours to a internal temp of 144. that is my favorite temp. It is almost instant gratification. I use hickory but any will do. I suspect you will be using chips(we all did) only add 1/4 cup at a time and add them dry no matter what the book says. At about 120 it you can sauce or just let them cook. 

this is what they will look like.

 

 

 

 

 

here is a link to a good rub I use 

 

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/recipe?id=10868429

 

Good luc,k have fun and ask any question any time  Jted

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Wow, those look damn good. Im gonna go for a variety of stuff on the first smoke but now i will have to do at least a pack of those. Thanks man
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Wow, those look damn good. Im gonna go for a variety of stuff on the first smoke but now i will have to do at least a pack of those. Thanks man

There is a learning curve to a electric smoker. It's not hard or long  but it is there. The tenderloin will give you some experience and they don't take a long time. If you have them ready and get them in  just before a football game they will be ready by half time. don't over cook them!  Jted

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Hello everyone, just received a new MES as a gift. I'm excited to get this thing going and wondering what I should throw in on opening night. Any suggestions? 

Also, if anyone has any tips for using the unit, or accessories I should go buy, I would love to hear them. Thanks!


Cornish game hens are good to try early on in the learning. That is what I did, and they came out pretty good. And they are pretty inexpensive, so if there is a mistake, you won't be out much money.

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Hello everyone, just received a new MES as a gift. I'm excited to get this thing going and wondering what I should throw in on opening night. Any suggestions? 

Also, if anyone has any tips for using the unit, or accessories I should go buy, I would love to hear them. Thanks!


I would also say to get the A-Maze-N Pellet smoker from A-Maze-N Products. You can use it to burn pellets in your smoker instead of wood chips. You get the pellets lit properly and they will give you up to 11-12 hours of continuous smoke time. If you stay with the wood chips, you will be adding chips every 30 minutes or so.

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A wireless digital thermometer is a must. I suggest the maverick et732 or et733. Much more accurate than what the unit comes with.
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