How Many Mes Owners Here?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by ronp, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. 30'

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  2. 40'

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  3. 40' with window

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  4. 40' 800 watt

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  5. 40' 1200 watt

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  6. I like it a lot

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  7. I wish I had something else and why

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  8. Where did you buy it?

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  9. Sams Club

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  10. Other please list where in a post

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  1. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just curious, bobplumber, did you trim the ribs St. Louis style yourself or did you buy them that way? I'm asking because I bought two racks of spareribs and my plan is to trim them STL fashion myself.
     
  2. smoke slinger

    smoke slinger Smoking Fanatic

    Dont know about Bob, but I trim my own St Louis style. May sound funny but I did a Youtube search on it.
     
  3. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Smoke Slinger--that's exactly what I did. I've saved links to 3 videos on trimming ribs St. Louis style and it does like pretty easy.
     
  4. smoke slinger

    smoke slinger Smoking Fanatic

    I cant say that I have it down to a art yet, but I can get it done....lol... and I have noticed since I started doing it that I get a more even cook on my ribs.
     
  5. smoke slinger

    smoke slinger Smoking Fanatic

    I cant say that I have it down to a art yet, but I can get it done....lol... and I have noticed since I started doing it that I get a more even cook on my ribs.
     
  6. bigtimtx

    bigtimtx Smoke Blower

    What are folks payng for pork ribs, on average?

    In Tomball, I've caught both baby backs and St Louis style for $1.97 /lb several times this year and fill the freezer whenever they're on sale...anyone else have a similar strategy?
     
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Better stay in Texas!!!

    Baby Backs cheapest in a couple years was a few weeks ago------$3.99.

    Spares are usually $2.99 or better.

    Got Prime Rib (Choice) sales for $ 4.99, now & then.

    Bear
     
  8. Prime Rib for me please!

    Spares are $1.78 here. All day long. Then sometimes on sale.
     
  9. My MES 30" was just delivered today. Have it set up and doing the preseasoning burn. Can't wait to use it for real!

    Sent from my XT907 using Tapatalk 2
     
  10. 173rdherd

    173rdherd Fire Starter

    I'm in Tomball also (actually Spring with a Tomball address)......I am currently thawing out 6 racks of Baby Backs that I got at Sams for $1.6 7 lb  a while back. Kroger also had spareribs for .99 lb recently. Certainly would like to see those Prime Rib prices here though Bear!
     
  11. r3nem1

    r3nem1 Newbie

    Purchased the MES 40 with glass window.   So far have smoked 2 briskets,  a turkey,  a chicken and ribs.    I am new to smoking so the first batch wasn't as good as the second.   So I am getting better.    It does seem as if the meats cook faster than what the estimated times are.   example 1.5 hours per pound.   It seems to be so much quicker.   The manual also states to not use foil inside because it may damage the smoker.   I see that many other owners use foil.  Can this damage the smoker?    I also do not open the vent all the way.  It seems the wood chips would burn up really fast.    I saw some positive remarks about the other product for pellets.   Does anyone actually get a smoke rings with this smoker?   Thanks for any tips or advice.
     
  12. I've had my MES 30 for about a year and a half. I cook for just two, so not a huge number of opportunities to use it each month. What I have done has all come out pretty darn good, except chicken; did not like the skin at all, and that's so often the best part! Would love it if I could go much longer between having to load chips. Am trying to educate myself on the available alternatives that might last longer. My gasket around the door came loose in just a couple of really small places. I called MB and they sent me an entire new door! It's in storage until such time that the gasket fails, if it ever fully does.  Tips on maintaining smoke longer in this unit would always be welcome! As with another reviewer, I know no one else who does this, so I'm really grateful for the forum!
     
  13. DFW area.

    $1.99 is the price I look for for St. Louis. I have tried Kroger ribs at .99, don't care for them. Target does the Hormel St. Louis at $1.99 usually before the major summer holidays (Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day). Some years all three, other years not. I fill the freezer then! YUM!
     
  14. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That is about the average price around here, too. When they go on sale, they're usually about $1 less.
     
  15. bigtimtx

    bigtimtx Smoke Blower

    Wow! I'm feeling pretty good about the pricing here then... BTW- I've gotten spares for as little as $0.95/lb in the last six months as well...
     
  16. msprechur

    msprechur Newbie

    I purchased a MES at Bass Pro Shop a few months ago and really like it. It doesn't take very long at all on smaller cuts of meat. I always get a good smokey flavor in my meat. I am wanting to experiment and get alot better in my smoking because I am new at this. I wish I had some good recipes.
     
     
  17. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    I use foil in my all the time. I also have noticed that meats cook way faster in the MES 40. Have you checked the internal temps with your temp setting mine will run 10 - 25 degrees hotter then setting. Run vent wide open. Most MES40 owners have or are switching to the Amazen Smoke Box and using pellets. I just done the Mailbox mod to mine and can see that the mod along with my Smoke box is going to work very good.
     
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    They're talking about covering a shelf or shelves completely or too much with foil. If you did that, you would stop the air flow, causing the bottom of the smoker to overheat.

    Covering things like the water pan (tightly) doesn't change the air flow.

    Bear
     
  19. r3nem1

    r3nem1 Newbie

    What about using one of those foil trays?   Would that disrupt the air flow?    
     
  20. smoker21

    smoker21 Meat Mopper

    I use trays all the time for meatloaf and tonight I put my chicken legs in one to slowly bake on my sauce after they smoked for a couple hours.
     

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