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First go with the MES

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
We recently replaced our dead Little Chief with a 40" MES. Yesterday we did the burning seasoning and today we did our first smoke with it. The main smoke was to do a brined turkey. We also thew on some pieces we had in the freezer to make some room for other things. We ended up doing the turkey, a pork loin that we wrapped with homemade bacon and a couple half slabs of ribs. All in all, we were pleased. The turkey took longer than expected. The wood was a mix of apple and cherry.

I am grateful for what I have learned about the MES here at SMF. You all helped to make for a great first smoke.

Here is some Qview.

Pork loin wrapped with homemade bacon.

Ribs finished with a glaze of homemade spicy green tomato jam

The ribs were nice and tender!

Brined and basted turkey.

post #2 of 10
Looks damn good. You will love the MES.
post #3 of 10
That loin looks darned good to me! Nice first round! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #4 of 10
Man you did a fine job, pretty easy huh? Points to you.points.gif
post #5 of 10
Very nice! Next time invite me over please. PDT_Armataz_01_12.gif

points.giffor showing us your firsts!
post #6 of 10
lookin tastey
post #7 of 10
Welcome to the MES owner's club here at SMF!

MES Making it Easy to Smoke your meat
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks all. The turkey came out too late for us to have it for dinner last night, but by that time we were already full from the loin and ribs. While the loin was very flavorful, it was a bit dry. I pulled it out at 165. I had thought about injecting it first, but thought that the bacon and fat layer would have helped to keep it moister, so did not inject. Since it was freezer management I was not too bothered by it. It will make great sandwiches.

We did have the turkey tonight and as expected it was wonderful. Even my wife who is a turkey traditionalist was gushing.

Thanks to this forum, before the first smoke, I made two mods to the smoker. One was the addition of a 12x12 ceramic tile over the smoke box and the other was adding casters.

Here is the loin cut into. Mmm

PS, are my picture too large? I can cut them down if so. Let me know.

post #9 of 10
They don't bother me any. Looks like you did a great job. Keep the QView comming.
post #10 of 10
Great job on yer first MES smoke....PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
And yer pictures are the perfect size, don't make them smaller.....PDT_Armataz_01_12.gif
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