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First Smoke


Joined Dec 29, 2013
Just got the MES30 for Christmas. Decided my first smoke would be a lean pork roast. Seasoned the smoker for 30 minutes and then went to work!

I would post pictures of journey, but I don't have enough posts. I did a dry rub of chipotle mesquite over night. Then injected with 3/4c apple juice, 3/4c water, 1/4c kosher salt, and 1/4c sugar right before smoking. Then mopped the pork every hour with apple juice. Smoked over the A-maze pellets with 50/50 maple oak. Cooked to 150.

It tasted great! The roast was only 3lbs so it took 5 hours. I wish I had a thicker smoke ring than the 1/4inch I got.

I wanted to say thank you for all the advice I have received thus far. Hopefully the next one will be just as fun!


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Sep 30, 2010
Sounds like a great meal and a successful maiden voyage!

As for the smoke ring.....do to it being an electric smoker you will not get much if any smoke ring at all. I forget the full technical details, but it has something to do with the chemical reaction with the burning of the wood/charcoal and the meats that cause it. Basically the further you get away from using a wood/charcoal fire the less smoke ring you will get. There are several great threads on SMF that go way into the details about it.
But a smoke ring does not make great BBQ. The proper cooking and execution of the cook is what makes it. Most comps don't judge on the smoke ring. I know when I went to my FBA judges class they told us not to judge for a smoke ring.


Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
Joined Sep 25, 2007
Awesome Maiden voyage. I'm sure the first of many. Great Job

dave from mesa

Meat Mopper
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Joined Dec 8, 2009

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