First smoke in my MES

Discussion in 'Pork' started by tdglamann, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. I seasoned my new MES 40 last night and I am smoking my first rack of ribs this afternoon along with a turkey breast.  I can't believe how easy this is.  I had to work way too hard with my modified ECB.  Other than adding wood chips periodically, I haven't done anything.  It is keeping a very steady 225 degrees and rolling some great smelling hickory smoke. 

    I made a rookie mistake a few weeks ago buying some cheap spare ribs in a 30lb box.  The first 2 racks on my ECB didn't go well at all.  Hopefully these will be better.  I have some jalapeno corn going on later to get some smoke flavor.  The turkey breast was brined overnight and I used Jeffs rub on both the turkey breast and ribs.

  2. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    nice looking teaser pics there...I'm assuming we'll also get to see the finished shots. Sounds like your having fun with the MES...once you get an Amazing you won't even have to be adding additional chips....hope you have a great dinner
  3. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks Good!

    Keep taking pics

  4. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    The mes is very easy to use for sure! I love mine,but then i still like to use the ecb or the chargriller from time to time also!!

    can't wait to see some finished pics!!!
  5. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    Electric smokers are great, I own one, but IMO don't compare to a wood or charcoal smoker, sorry. I bought my MES a week before Christmas and used it every weekend til the weather broke, and will use it again for certain smaller smokes. It's great, I love it, but using lump and wood splits for heat is where the real BBQ is. Of course, maybe I just like to play with fire. [​IMG]
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks great so far!
  7. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking good!


    >>>but using lump and wood splits for heat is where the real BBQ is  <<<<<  Huh????
  8. Sorry it's taken so long to get the post-smoke qview on here.  The ribs were better than on my ECB, but still pretty tough.  I'm positive it is the cheap meat.  I didn't take a post-smoke picture of them. 

    The turkey on the other hand turned out great.  I am doing another turkey breast and a spiral cut ham on Sunday for Easter.


  9. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    Nice job!!!
  10. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    The turkey looked great. Sorry the ribs didn't meet your expectations. We get all of our meat at Sam's Club. If you have one or a Costco's near you it's a good place for meat. The quality is always good & it's inexpensive as well.
  11. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    How did you do the ribs? 3-2-1?-------2-2-1?

    Were they Spares or Baby Backs?
  12. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The turkey looks great... Sorry about the ribs...
  13. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]Keep them coming. I love my MES40
  14. SmokinAl...  My neighbor said he buys his baby back ribs at Sams but he doesn't have a smoker to cook them in.  I do not have a membership (yet), but he was going to pick some up for me next time.  He said he would buy and share them with me if i smoke them.  Pretty good trade I say.

    Bearcarver... I did the 3-2-1 on spare ribs.  I have been pretty happy with my rib turnout with this method on my ECB. 

    I did another turkey breast and spiral cut ham for Easter (sorry no qview).  I'm thinking about doing a brisket tomorrow.  I'll be sure to qview. 

    Still impressed with my MES.
  15. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Once your neighbor tastes your ribs he will be making a lot of trips to Sam's. Sounds like a great deal for both of you.
  16. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Those 30 lb boxes of ribs Come from some mutant animal . LOL

      Them things are nasty  ,i made the same mistake long ago when i din't know better.

     ended up boiling them and feeding them to the dogs.

     You will be impressed w/ some spares from sams done with the 3-2-1 method.

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