Maiden smoke with 40" MES. I prepped yesterday and for some reason, the temp maxed at 311. I figured this was maybe due to the unit being empty or maybe some chips had flared, but wasn't too concerned since I was curing it.
I bought some beef and pork ribs yesterday (no sense in wasting smoke) and was planning to do a 5-6 hour smoke. Temp leveled at 225, and I watched everything for an hour or so, then I went to do some grocery shopping. (If my wife goes we end up with a week's worth of snacks.) When I returned the temp was at 311! The internal temps (probed) were: Pork-185* and beef 170*. I took the meat out since I didn't want jerky.
I am a fan of strong smoke flavor on beef and pork, and these had barely a hint of smoke. I've ordered an AMNPS so that problem will be gone soon, but any ideas why the unit overheated? I have a bluetooth app on my phone and was using it and both days I left the house while using the app. I'm wondering if the app has something to do with this? Say when I left, the thing went berserk since it couldn't find the remote connection, and overheated. Strange that it maxed at 311* and the display showed the heating unit was still on. Maybe the thing won't measure anymore than that.
The beef is so-so moist but the pork will need a lot of sauce. Neither are very tender, but that's to be expected with only a 2 hour cook.