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  1. R

    New MES 145S

    Smoker junkie here... Bought a new smoker at Sam’s knowing I’d eventually upgrade the controller with a PID. That being said I’m impressed with the controller accuracy so far. Flame boss I use for the BGE and MES are close enough for g00berment work! Happy smoking from Pennsylvania!
  2. smoketrailsteve

    Here's How I Get Crispy Turkey Skin in the MES

    After many failed attempts and lots of rubbery skin, I thought I'd document my method for getting crispy turkey skin in the MES. Anyone have other methods to getting crispy skin in the MES without using the oven? BBQ Turkey Rub Recipe: 2 Tbsp Paprika 2 Tbsp Chilli Powder 1 Tbsp Poultry...
  3. bigorange

    MES 30 quit heating. Easy fix.

    My ole MES 30 20070910 finally quit heating. Took off the little square plate on back of smoker to access element. It has a gasket. One flag was toast and had burned thru gasket. Simply replaced the flag and she’s back in business. This has been a very reliable smoker. Just keep the control unit...
  4. soz

    refill the wood chips how often? (MES 230g)

    So tomorrow i'll be trying to make some ribs and a sirloin tip roast. The first few times i ran the MES 230G i was a bit confused on how much smoke i should expect from such a small amount of chips in the chip loader. I don't think i had enough smoke the last time, but I am worried in...
  5. conchrepublican

    Brisket in my MES

    Hi guys! Longtime lurker here . . . I love my MES, it fits my lifestyle well and I have a lot of recipes down cold and get much praise for my ribs and fatty. That said, I can't seem to make brisket work - it's seems too dry. But, like a Kenny Rogers song, my wife believes in me . . . and...
  6. R

    Brining time question

    Hi I have a boneless fresh half of pork leg that invoked out and I’m brining it for Easter. I used pops brine and it said 3-4 weeks but after re reading it, it said for whole hams, I was curious as is this is too long and if it is how long should I bribe it? I also injected it rather thoroughly.
  7. L

    whole chicken in MES30

    Hey folks - got a MES30. Never tried any poultry yet, but wanted to give a whole chicken a try. Started digging around as to what to do and have read a lot of issues with the MES producing rubbery skin because it can't get over 275F and I've read you need 325F to get decent skin. Is that right...
  8. sm0kin

    Auber WS-1510H-W first impressions

    Today I finished an overnight smoke on 20 lbs of bone in pork shoulders, first run with the Auber. Overall I like it, with a couple caveats so far. 1. I cannot get the alarm feature on the app to work. The controller sounds, but the app gives zero notification. Hopefully that can be fixed short...
  9. BarbaraLynn

    MES doesn't produce smoke unless about 250 degrees!?

    I'm new at this, is that normal? I have to keep adjusting the temp if I want the (dry) chips to smoke, then turn it down for "slow & low", then turn it up again to get some smoke. I'd appreciate some input from other electric smokers, thanks!
  10. hoity toit

    PID for MES 40 - what is one that will work and not real expensive

    Got to put a PIS controller on my old MES. Need a referral for something that will go to 350 or more and be able to handle 1200 watts / 10-15 amps at 120 volt. Will also need it to come with the sensor. Any body out there point me in the right direction. I am an electrician so not worried about...
  11. Preacher Man

    MES Temp Struggles When Meat is Added

    I thought I noticed something going.on with my last smoke, but now I'm sure I've got problems. My MES 30 does just fine when preheating. Comes up to temp easily and holds steady. The controller and my Maverick ET-733 are nearly spot on. I open the door, let heat out, and close it and my temps...
  12. Preacher Man

    Chuck Roast Tacos

    I found a couple of chuck roasts in the clearance section at the grocery store this week. I'd never tried smoking chuck, but thought "What the heck?" for $1.29/lb. My intent was to make pulled beef sandwiches. One roast was a chuck crossrib and the other was a chuck tender. Both were about 2...
  13. nkpal624

    MES 130B Questions: Is it worth it?

    Hi all, I may have the opportunity to pick up a brand new MES 130B for under $100 at Lowe's this week. My main question is if it is worth the buy. I currently have an offset smoker that I have been using and love but it has a real-estate problem in the fact that I can typically only smoke one...
  14. Bearcarver

    Boston Butt (Pulled Pork @ 265° Smoker Temp)

    Boston Butt (Pulled Pork @ 265° Smoker Temp) There are many ways to Smoke Pulled Pork, But I don’t like to do overnight Smokes, so since this Butt was 9.2 pounds, I figured I’d try to get it done for Supper (about 4 to 5PM). Knowing I could easily “hold” it if it finishes to early, I got up at...
  15. zammy758

    First time using the 5x8 AMNPS

    What a pleasure it was to use my new AMPS for the first time, no more feeding the chips every 30 - 45 minutes. It was a really tight fit on the bottom of my 30" MES so I placed it on the lowest rack, left side above the water pan. I only needed 3 hours of smoke so I tried to guesstimate how...
  16. R

    Fermenting summer sausage

    hi so I am new to fermenting sausage and have never tried to do it before. I was reading a recipe a while back for tangy summer sausage and mentioned it needed to ferment. I was just curious as to what is the process to ferment summer sausage. I’m not new to making sausage because I am a head...
  17. donpachuco

    MES to Instant Pot?

    Hello smoking gurus! I had a half day today with my daughter, and I don't have the kinda time that I would like, but I'm thinking this will work. I have a 4 lb pork butt roast that dry-brined with my own rub for 24 hrs, and have enough time (already going) to do 4 hours in the smoker with A...
  18. TonyBones

    Power Paranoia Warranted?

    Alright guys I've decided after owning a WSM and a Weber Kettle for a while now I would also like to have some more convenience with a pellet grill. I've never done super long cooks on my WSM for that reason. The ole' power outage is paranoia is starting to set in. I've searched threads on...
  19. idsmokethat

    MES 40 and AMPS

    Hello all! I just added an electric smoker to my collection (https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/masterbuilt-mes-140s-40-in-digital-stainless-steel-electric-smoker-with-window) and ordered an AMPS. It seems that most people recommend using this over the wood chip compartment that is built in...
  20. M

    Masterbuilt 40inch 2nd Gen PID MES

    So my PID arrived today and went to attack this project. Unfortunately mine is not similar to the ones I see on this forum. My has three separate compartments: the heater element, the power cord, and the motherboard (pictures attached). https://ibb.co/cMPvCy https://ibb.co/ef68Xy...
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