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First electric smoked butt...


Joined Nov 29, 2013

I smoked our Thanksgiving turkey on my first electric smoker after brining and it turned out great even though I had to add apple chips every 45 minutes or so...  But having charcoal/stick smoked for over 10 years with an offset smoker it wasn't awful. 

When trying to decide what electric smoker to buy, I ran across this forum and learned about the AMNPS tray.

I ordered the AMNPS after this past Thanksgiving turkey that I smoked on the new MES 40".  Well after a shipping problem that was not Todd's fault, (which by the way he promptly fixed!  Nice to receive some awesome customer attention once in while from a vendor no matter what the product...)  I watched someones youtube video off of this site about how to light with a propane torch.  I don't have a heat gun, so I used the air nozzle on my air compressor which sets next to my work bench.  After getting a good cherry going and blowing it deep the tray smoked fine.

This was last Saturday night, I threw in a 8 pound butt that had been rubbed down the day prior.  I started this smoke before I went to bed and checked it 7 hours later (Sunday morning), the tray was complete ash.  My smoker temp, so says the maverick, was 225. 

I assume the tray didn't burn for eleven hours because I had it setting on the left side of the floor of my MES, first gen 40".  I had pulled out the chip loader completely, and pulled the chip tray out about 1" for venting/drafting purposes as I read on this site.  The tray never went out, I kept the exhaust vent half open.    I assume it ended up getting to hot and maybe the whole thing started smoking being next to the chip tray/heating element?  

I have a small ceramic plate that I may use as a make-shift wall to block the heat from the element while the tray is smoking.

I loaded it with about 70% oak and 30% hickory and total time in smoker was about 10 hours, when it got to about 160 or so, I wrapped in foil and threw in oven at 240 degrees.  The butt took another 6 hours to reach 190.  Only let set for 30 minutes as we were in a hurry to eat this past Sunday.  The bone came right out as expected.

My family and friends said it was the best smoke I had ever done flavor-wise.  That wan an AMAZING smoke flavor that I could not easily replicate with wood chunks and charcoal.  The Thanksgiving turkey had good apple smoke flavor, but not the same, this pellet deal is awesome!!!

Wish I would have known about the AMNPS years ago, I would have skipped the chunks and went with this product.  I am so pleased  with this product that I have sent pictures, posted on facebook, etc. of the turkey and this butt.

This weekend I plan on smoking some cheese based on some thread that I have read on this site. 

So bottom line, Thank you Todd for an outstanding product and customer service and so far with temps in the teens here in central Indiana, I am happy with the performance of the MES 40" smoker.
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Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Jul 2, 2012
They can start on fire like you said sitting by the heat element and they will also jump rows if you have them too full. The AMNPS is awesome!

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