Okay, I feel bad posting this on here, as there are many forum posts about smoking pork, but it's a bit of overload for me, so I thought I would put down my specific issues on here (I do use this site a lot after all).
I use a ProQ Smoker. I have trouble getting the temp above 210 degrees. I can feed charcoal in there on and off and it just hovers around that temp. Once I got it up to 230 or so, and I think that was due to keeping it out of the wind.
I am smoking a medium pork loin today. I read that the IT needs to be at least 145 degrees. My basic meat thermometer reads in celcius, and it shows pork being done about 85 degrees (185 F).
I smoked the loin around 210 for 3 hours with some oak chips. The internal temp read 75 C after I took them off the grill (167 F). This loin had been cut in half. I then cut the halves in half to check them. They looked pretty good except for a bit of pink around the outer edge. I put them back on the grill (still 210 F) with the freshly cut side down on the grill just above the water pan.
Any tips on two things:
1) Getting a ProQ hotter.
2) Safe IT for a small pork loin.
I'll also take any tips on anything you see in this post that should be avoided.
I know this post is probably repetitive, but I'd like to say I did pull off some oak smoked corn and garlic after 2 hours that proved the be fantastic. There is hope for me yet.
Let me know what you all think.