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Brand-Spanking-Newbie gets his new toy!!!

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
Well folks,

I am the proud new owner of a Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse... should be doing my *very first smoke ever* on Saturday. Gonna' start out with some Pork Spare Ribs and a simple rub. I think I'll start with the 3-2-1 method, just to get my feet wet.

I am going to order Jeff's rub and sauce recipes, but can anyone recommend a simple, tasty rub (with not too much heat) to start experimenting with?

Also, I know the choice of wood is quite a personal one, but any recommendations? I was going to start with hickory or oak, based on what I've read here. Right now I'm leaning towards hickory.

Also, any tips on seasoning this bad boy before the first use? (Or do I even have to?)

And, don't worry, I'll be sending all the Q-view I can muster on Monday morning (when I'm back at work and have internet access)!!!

Thanks in advance for all your help, I can't wait to experience the joy of the Thin Blue Smoke!!!

~Monstah Matty~

Even my cat Shadow loves Q!!!

post #2 of 32
Wooo.. you a smokin' MaaaCHINE!

Hickory's a great choice for ribs, do a "dry run" after wiping out interior and washing grills by spraying Pam inside and firing it up on the high side with some wood.

A simple rub- add some brown sugar if ya like

2 Tbspn Cumin
2 Tbspn Paprika
2 Tbspn kosher salt
1 Tbspn CBP
1 Tbspn celery salt
1 Tbspn Onion powder
1 Tbspn Garlic powder
1 Tbspn dry mustard *

* OR rub ribs with prepared <French's, etc...mustard first, than shake on rub.>

Simple mop..use aFter an hour in smoker

1/4 C cider vinegar
1/4 C whiskey/bourbon
2 Tbspn Soy sauce
4 Tbsp corn syurp or like amount Brown Sugar to liquid above.

Feel free to experiment, most of the above is just my tastes...
If ya get the Thin Blue right...you CAN'T ruin 'em!
post #3 of 32
Welcome! Nice smoker, be sure to season it first. And if you line the water tray with HD foil the clean up is a snap.
post #4 of 32
Good luck with your new toy. there are a few peeps here who use that smoker. Im sure they'll chime in shortly. And don't forget the q-view!
post #5 of 32
Aren't new toy's great!!! Good luck on the 1st smoke. You'll be hooked in no time!PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #6 of 32
I have an MES just like the one you got. If you have any questions ask away and I'll answer as best I can. Here is a link to a post I did on some of the things I'm figuring out as I go.

post #7 of 32
Welcome to the forums. That smoker looks awesome. Can't wait for the qview from it.

A nice premade rub is Bonesuckin' rub which I use all the time and love. It's a nice balance of sweet hot.

Good luck on your maiden voiage.PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #8 of 32
Welcome Monsta -

That a nice smoker you got there. There's a few folks that can give you help with first hand experiance.

You need to season it as mentioned eariler by cleaning it well, spraying the insides and grates with Pam or some other type of cooking oil and run it with no smoke a few hours then add some smoke to christen it. This will also give you a chance to play with it a bit and see what it does and what you need to control it before you put food in there.

Hickory and Oak are good choices - especially if you can get it locally and at a good price. For some ideas about different woods I have a chary you can look at online r download for future reference here:


You'll enjoy experimenting with different woods and mixes of woods with you smokes. I have 19 varieties I play with and love them all!
post #9 of 32
You will enjoy the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker, I have the same thing only Black instead of stainless steel, I did some brisket last Sunday and it turned out perfect.
post #10 of 32
Wow! Monstaha, that's a "Thing of Beauty" for sure! Season 'er up before Saturday. I'm seasoning my new homebuilt today. Doin' either some back ribs, or a small picnic (5#) Saturday or Sunday. Good luck with your new smoker, and Saturdays smoke.

post #11 of 32


That is one nice smoker. Good Luck and have fun,

I have found that here are alot of very nice people on this site that are willing to share their knoledge and time. Post some pic's of your first smoke when you get the chance.

Good Que'n to ya.


post #12 of 32

I had fallen in love with that masterbuilt but the ss one i see on cabellas website does NOT HAVE A VENT.

Here is the cabellas link. Your unit suits my needs for size and i want an electric one with a thermostat controll

I see that yours does have a vent. Where did you buy it??????
post #13 of 32
Crikey...how can a smoker not have a vent?!?
post #14 of 32
Thats what turned me off but i think a texas outfit makes unventesd smokers too.


Im not sure if this is the company
post #15 of 32
Nice rig! Show us the pics along the way
post #16 of 32
Thread Starter 

$299 at Sam's Club!

post #17 of 32
Huh smacks of "stale smoke" to me... but heck..Texans know it all, right? PDT_Armataz_01_13.gif

<Just ribbin' ya folks... before ya send one 'cross the bow!>
post #18 of 32
There's gotta be a some air vent somewhere - maybe the back? The fire would go out without air. Strange!
post #19 of 32

Hey check the price here.

Does it have a wood chip tray that can be removed without opening the door?????
post #20 of 32
Thread Starter 
You can't remove the chip tray without opening the door, but it has a wood chip loader that goes into the side of the unit. Makes reloading chips easy and you don't lose any heat or smoke.

Get a better view here: http://www.masterbuilt.com/pdf/smokerinside.pdf
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