First time electric smoking

Discussion in 'Beef' started by lenm, May 8, 2015.

  1. lenm

    lenm Newbie

    My first time smoking with Masterbuilt electric smoker. I've read quite a few posts but couldn't find clear answers to my questions:
    1. Do you have to soak the wood chips first? If so, how long.
    2. Can I put in three slabs of brisket at the same time- one in each rack?
    3. Do I multiply by the number of slabs the cooking time or is it the same for when you're doing only one?
    4. Do I check the IT for each slab since they are in different layers of the smoker?

    Thanks. I appreciate any responses.
     
  2. 1. Do you have to soak the wood chips first? If so, how long. **Never soak chips***
    2. Can I put in three slabs of brisket at the same time- one in each rack? ***Fit whatever you can fit. But depending on which MES you've got you may need not be able to fit a whole packer. In a 40 you would***
    3. Do I multiply by the number of slabs the cooking time or is it the same for when you're doing only one? ***Cook by IT and not time but no you don't multiply***
    4. Do I check the IT for each slab since they are in different layers of the smoker? ***Yes be sure to begin the toothpick test for doneness once each one hits 190 or so***

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. lenm

    lenm Newbie

    Wow! That was a quick response. Thank you so much!! Now, I'm ready to rumble!!!!
     
  4. lenm

    lenm Newbie

    Hello,
    I forgot to ask how often should I change the wood chips? Thanks
     
  5. sota d

    sota d Smoking Fanatic

    Add more chips when you see little or no smoke coming out the exhaust vents. Usually about 40-45 minutes on mine.
     
  6. lenm

    lenm Newbie

    Thank you, but is that every 45 minutes?
     
  7. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    These are spot on answers.
     
  8. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    You will have to monitor it to see how it is going. You can pull out the loader at the 45 minute mark and use a flashlight to look down the tube. If there are still some chips smoldering you need to wait to reload it. Overloading the chip tray will cause them to not burn correctly.
     

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