Need help, MES crapped out on me TONIGHT. Ribs tomorrow

Discussion in 'Pork' started by tprice, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. tprice

    tprice Fire Starter

    Bought a new 40" MES last year just before Thanksgiving and worked great(only used it 2/3 times) till I got ready to use it one day this summer and would not come on

    Emailed Masterbuilt and they sent me a new burner unit

    Well have done 3 turkeys (Thanksgiving and 2 for Christmas) and few chicken breasts/pork chops in between but not much

    Well tonight I plug it in to pre-heat for in the am for ribs

    Just happened to look outside and notice it was not on, power is good at outlet but no power at unit

    Already emailed Masterbuilt but not going to help me tomorrow

    I have 2 choices, I have a Weber Gensis (nat gas) and a Weber charcoal kettle grill

    I know I can control the nat gas temp pretty easy but have never really tried to control the charcoal Weber

    I had planned on smoking ribs for couple hours at 225, then foil and coat with sauce/rub and put back on smoker at 225 for 2/3 more hours

    I assume I can just do this on my grill but any tips would be appreciated

    I have 2 racks of ribs in the frig already rubbed and wrapped up for the night and was going to put them on about 6/7 am

    Any tips for doing them on the grill would be appreciated


    Also, I have emailed Masterbuilt and last time they had me a new burner in 3/4 days but should I try and get an entire new unit out of them.
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Did you remember to set the time and the temp....
  3. bear55

    bear55 Master of the Pit

    Temp control is very important, natural gas smoker for me.
  4. tprice

    tprice Fire Starter

    Oh yea, Nothing at all at control center. no lights no nothing

    Decided to do them on the Weber Gensis since we are eating at lunch time and got it set around 225 pretty steady

    Put my ribs on at 6 am

    Wish me luck
  5. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That's too bad about the MES,  good luck with your smoke you'll do fine .
  6. tprice

    tprice Fire Starter

    WELL, after it got daylight I realized it was NOT THE MES, I have a heavy duty drop cord that has lighted plug in and that was all I looked at last night.

    When I looked at it this am the plug from the smoker was about 3/4 way out, BRAIN FART

    Oh well got the smoker up to temp and transferred the ribs, hope they turn out ok

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