Hi All! New guy in town

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Apr 18, 2014
Wanted to introduce myself. My name is Alex and I'm from Upstate New York, in the Finger Lakes Region. I just bought my first smoker, an MES30 and have done a few smokes so far with mild success. My first were a couple of slabs of ribs and chicken drumsticks. Both came out great, parts of the ribs were a little dry but overall they were fantastic tasting. I also did a couple of 4-4.5 lb. boston butts for pulling. I had some issues that day, the pork didn't get up to temp enough to be over 160 long enough for a tender pull. I ended up having to cut it and make faux pulled pork, but everyone loved the flavor. Most recently, I did a small pork tenderloin (1.25 lb or so), it turned out really good after a couple hour smoke and brought it to about 160. Used injections and a fair amount of apple juice in the water pan to keep it moist.

Anyways, I used this forum to get a lot of the information for my first few smokes and thought i would join up so I can post and interact. I am very interested in this as a bit of a hobby but also just to have another cooking skill under my belt.
Good morning Alex, glad to have you here. Post some pictures of your next smoke, if you need any help just ask. Happy Easter !!!

Gary S
Hi Alex,

Welcome to SMF. We are glad to have you aboard. I also have a MES30 among others in my arsenal. This is a nice unit and works well. Mine runs about 25° hotter than the actual set temperature so I would recommend checking out the internal temperature. I like using a Maverick ET732. Many folks on this site swear by this unit. Also attached is a list of tips from MES owners that you may want to look at....Good luck and ~~welcome to our smoky group....RTB...
Thanks! I like that MES tips doc, definitely helped out this weekend. I unfortunately didn't get any pictures of my finished pork shoulder I did Saturday. It turned out a lot better than last time, so good!
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