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Low temps on electric smoker

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by buddha65281, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. buddha65281

    buddha65281 Newbie

    Hello and please be patient... I know this question has been asked a million and 1 times but my Bradley is running around 185 tonight.. Im in the process of the 3-2-1 and just coming out of the 3 phase now...

    My only concern is will they be cooked at 6hrs or should I run them 20 min longer? Any thoughts or advice?

    Heading out to wrap now.. will check back in 1/2hr... I have 9pm Ohio time.. Thanks!
  2. weedeater

    weedeater Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I guess my first question would be are you SURE what your true temps are at grate level? If you are relying on the built in therm they are almost always wrong! What is the temp outside where you are in Ohio? If you are truly not able to get the temp above 185 degrees I am not sure you will be able to get the ribs done enough to be tender. I would move them to a 225 degree oven for the wrapped phase. They don’t get any smoke during this time anyway. Ribs that are 185 degrees in my experience will still be somewhat tuff.

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  3. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I'd be more worried at this point if your smoker is truly at 185f, about it being plain broken. The ribs can be done in an oven no problem, but 185f? If you can't break 270f, I'd say you have a broken unit and need to contact Bradley..!
  4. buddha65281

    buddha65281 Newbie

    Weedeater, Temp today was 72 but windy this evening. The temp sensor was replaced late last year and only used once winter 2017. The bottom rack meat was crispy(overcocked already).. Personally do not like this smoker...

    The internal temp was never above 187 today...But I just moved the unit to the backside of the house out of the wind.. I do not have an aftermarket probe.. duh for me! :)

    TomKnollRFV, as I mentioned above unit has new temp sensor and I have a new element(not installed) and as far as I know it is working properly...

    I set the temp for 230 just now.. I will keep an eye on it.. if I don't feel comfortable with how they look.. what are oven directions?

    Thank you all...
  5. buddha65281

    buddha65281 Newbie

    one thing to note, I lined each rack with Aluminum foil with not slits in it... I feel this is blocking the heat from moving properly through the cabinet.
  6. SmokinVOLfan

    SmokinVOLfan Master of the Pit

    Know it’s messier but I wouldn’t wrap the grates in foil. It keeps you from getting as much smoke on the ribs and could cause heat issues. I’m not too familiar with Bradley smokers but I would do a dry run with a external probe at grate level to check and see what your temps really are. That is when you get done of course. Let us know how the ribs turn out!

    Oh and if you put them in the oven just check the temps. 195 for close to fall off the bone but still with a little bite. 200 and above fit FOTB.
  7. buddha65281

    buddha65281 Newbie

    Thank you.. just checked smoker and it is up to 215 now out of the wind...
  8. SmokinVOLfan

    SmokinVOLfan Master of the Pit

    We are having 30+ mph winds right k
    We are having 30+ mph winds here right now. Not sure where you are located but if thats case then that might be your problem right there. Winds will kill it and affect your temps for sure. Hope you got some cold beer to help you through the temp stalls
  9. fivetricks

    fivetricks Smoking Fanatic

    Winds are bad in this part of the country. Just blew my darn furnace out. I wouldn't wanna be smoking in this!
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  10. buddha65281

    buddha65281 Newbie

    I live about 35 miles East of Huntington WV on the Ohio River
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  11. weedeater

    weedeater Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Foil on the grates would definitely disrupt the free flow of air thru the smoker. I would opt for smaller tin pans that still allow for movement thru the smoker. You next investment needs to be a remote therm to place at meat level. If the bottom rack is overdone then you were trapping heat at that level because of the foil.

  12. SmokinVOLfan

    SmokinVOLfan Master of the Pit

    I’d chalk it up to the crazy winds and test your smoker temps with a probe later. Enjoy the ribs if it’s not too late
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  13. buddha65281

    buddha65281 Newbie

    made me laugh..... I live on top of the ridge... 863 feet above sea level... winds come straight down my drive from the West and its rough sometimes.. lol

    But I would change a thing!
  14. buddha65281

    buddha65281 Newbie

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  15. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I'd say having the grates lined definitely isn't helping with even heating! Good to know it seems it can build up to temp, so likely the wind indeed!

    I'd do a run on a non windy day, no foil at all, figure out how it behaves and adjust accordingly.
  16. GATOR240

    GATOR240 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member