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First Smoke!


Joined Sep 5, 2020
Last night I did my very first smoke on my massaged MPS 230s. I followed Bear’s recipe for smoke salmon. I was challenged to maintain the low temps required. I discovered some variability in my ThermoPro thermometer, and a wide variety of temps in different positions in the cabinet. The top shelf seems to vary the most, probably due to the vent. I also found that at low temps, I need to put my cast iron pan on top of the burner. Any higher and it won’t generate smoke. I was able to run a hotter flame by cracking open the lower door just a bit. in the end, the salmon came out great! Tonight I am smoking chicken thighs. I’m getting the hang of stabilizing the temps.

I am discovering, one of the best parts of smoking, is hanging on the patio, fussing over the smoke, and drinking this very nice Mexican Cabernet Sauvgnon! It should pair nicely with the chicken.


Master of the Pit
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Joined Oct 15, 2017
Welcome from NW Pa. Once you use your smoker regularly, you will figure your smoker out -you are already on your way as you have an idea where the cool spots are. Practice makes perfect! And also, you have have discovered one of the great joys of smoking - "hanging on the patio, fussingover the smoker and having an adult beverage or two
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Legendary Pitmaster
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Joined Jun 11, 2015
Welcome glad to have you on board. I see you have already been bitten by the bug of this great hobby.



Master of the Pit
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Joined Nov 9, 2019
Welcome from Iowa! Yep you got it...once you learn your smoker you can adapt and work with it. You have also figured out it's supposed to be enjoyable not stressing over every little detail.

One small detail...we gotta see pics! :emoji_blush:



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Joined Apr 17, 2020
Welcome from Mississippi! As others have said......Smoking meat is a great addiction. And yes we love foodporn on here.


Joined Sep 5, 2020
The chicken thighs were fantastic! I gave them about one hour of smoke and it was about right.

I am seeing the value of sealing the cabinet. My temp probe grommet popped out and I saw a substantial decrease in temp on the nearest rack. Having leaky doors would not help at all.

It is a challenge to maintain steady temps. I make small adjustments, but still chase it around. I am going to have do some more testing of my thermometer so I can trust it.

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