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HUGE Problem with Ribs on Traeger Bronson 20 pellet smoker/grill

Discussion in 'Pork' started by Jaina, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Jaina

    Jaina Newbie

    Hi, everyone:

    I set out to cook some ribs today. Started my Bronson 20 per the usual way the book says. Set it to smoke and put the ribs on. Seemed to be working OK, but smoking temp seemed low at around 135 or so degrees. I got busy with other things. Later, when I checked the Traeger, it was completely dead - still plugged in, but completely dead. There is power to it, we checked the extension cord we're using with a radio and we could turn it off and on. A while ago, I had set the Traeger's P number to 0 (zero), if that has anything to do with it. But it has worked fine since then. It was a cloudy, rainy day with temps in the high 70's. Looked in the firepot and there were pellets there. And there were plenty of pellets in the hopper. It was a 3.5 lb rack of ribs. I was going to smoke for 2.5 hours and then wrap and finish at 225 degrees. Had to bring it inside and finish in the oven. What a waste! Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Best regards,

  2. Little-m

    Little-m Fire Starter

    There should be a line fuse on the controller board, but you will need to pull the controller to see/find it. Otherwise, you have a dead unit and you should contact Traeger about it.
  3. When you get the grill figured out you might want to change hiw you cook ribs. Rub them downwith your dry rub then smoke at 225 for about six hours. No wrapping, squirting, smearing with sauce or anything else. Just put the in the smoker, close the lid and leave them alone to cook. No peeking.
  4. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hope you get your rig figured out and working.
    That's definitely a bummer.
  5. Jaina

    Jaina Newbie

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  6. Little-m

    Little-m Fire Starter

    That is good news. I recall receiving an error on my Pit Boss and the instructions said to leave it unplugged for awhile. Sure enough, it corrected itself.