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Just got a 30" MES for my birthday

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hi Everyone,

I'm new here. New to smoking. In fact, just got my first smoker for my birthday. It's a 30" MES. I'm so excited and looking forward to getting started smoking. Here's the rub, though. I'm going to be gone for a week. Ugh. All I'm going to think about is getting back and trying out my new smoker.

Can't decide if I want to do a Boston Butt or some ribs first. Question on the ribs. I like beef ribs over pork ribs. Does a 3-2-1 method work on beef ribs or is there a better method. Do I still look for about 1/2" pullback on beef ribs before wrapping in tinfoil?

Thanks for the help everyone and wish me luck!!!

post #2 of 21
Welcome to SMF !!!
Quit a few MES owners here ( I have a 40" and a 30"), so alot of experience with trouble shooting and modifications.

I vote for pulled pork as a first smoke, it will let you get to know your smoker and pork butts are very forgiving, so you should have great succes with your first smoke.

Remember to do a dry run and season your smoker before its first smoke.
post #3 of 21
What Mossy said.
post #4 of 21
First off welcome TeeRoy to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are abunch of good folks here that would just love to help you out with just about anythignto do with smoking. We really like to have newbies here because they can bring in a new propective to how things are done. There's nothing like a new set of eyes to give and new way to make things that little differant to make things alittle better. So I hope you know about the Qview here.
Here's a link to photobucket it's free and easy to download pictures. Then if your really new to smoking Look up the E-course.
It's also free and it will give you the basics of smoking. So after all of that you just need to go grab something to smoke and if you have any question just post them here and we will answer it quickly so you don't have any mishaps with your smoke.
Welcome To Your New Addiction
post #5 of 21
teeroy Welcome to SMF. Head on over to Roll Call and introduce yourself.
Read my story about my dog to understand what not to do with the MES.
A little help for the new Guys and Gals on SMF
post #6 of 21
Welcome Teeroy! I have a 40" MES and love it. I agree with MossyMo in that you should try a pork butt first and then try ribs when you know how to control your heat. You will love your new smoker!!! Good luck!
post #7 of 21
Welcome Roy and congrats on your new smoker.
I agree you should give pulled pork a try for your first go, so delicious and leaves a lot of room for some simple mistakes.
May I suggest you consider tossing a fattie on as well?
post #8 of 21
Congratulations and happy birthday...PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #9 of 21
Congrats on the new smoker and happy birthday and you came to the right place to learn to use your new smoker...............
post #10 of 21

Good luck

And I am sure you will be very happy with your new smoker.
post #11 of 21
Welcome and Happy Birthday. I had a cheap smoker that died and got me an electric (different brand) for my birthday and boy do I love it
Lots of help here- enjoy
post #12 of 21
I'm another happy MES owner myself, got mine in March of 2009. SMF has been nothing but solid for helping out the new folks around here
post #13 of 21
Congrats on your present. It'll be one you use over and over
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hi, thanks for the nice words and encouragement everyone. Funny dog story!!!

I was out of town this week but got back today and fired up the MES for the preseason. I soaked the wood chips for a good 45 minutes but I noticed that they still flared up a little causing a lot of smoke for 10 minutes or so. Does that happen pretty much every time and is it best to wait to put the meat in until after this?
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
Took some pics before the preseasoning while it was still all shiny and new.

post #16 of 21
welcome and happy b-day............she won't be all shiney for long!
post #17 of 21
Looks like another new design. The rack's are cross meshed and the burner/chip tray looks elavated more than previous models. Other MES owners reply with your thoughts please.

Oh ya, and congrats teeroy !!!
post #18 of 21
Get that bad boy dirty already! My MES purchased in March this year looks about the same as the pics comparing the racks and burner placement.
post #19 of 21
Teeroy, She's a beauty!... I have the same one, but forgot what it looked like when I brought her home. I'm almost embarassed to take a picture of it now... biggrin.gif But she has served me well & is nearly 2 years old, even though a minor repair had to be performed about a year ago. Fear not, it's a good unit & use that baby!
post #20 of 21
Mine will NEVER look like that again, have fun with it.
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