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Novice from NY


Joined Nov 4, 2013
Hello all,

Joined a few weeks ago the day I purchased my MES 30'.  I am new to the smoking game and have been trying to soak up as much information as possible.  This seems like a great place with some good info and even better people.  Live in Upstate New York, I used my grill to cook half of the meals for me and the little lady.  I wanted a Big Green Egg but it was a little pricey for our budget, (just bought a house recently) so I was extremely excited when I saw the MES for 50% off.

I started off with smoking a turkey for thanksgiving.  Did a practice run for a group of friends using Jeff's bacon butter recipe, did not like how it turned out.  However, it prepared me for the main event, Thanksgiving.  Did a simple brine with kosher salt, brown sugar, and some other spices, kept it in the fridge overnight.  Took it out, patted the bird down, rubbed it with some EVOO and a seasoned salt mix and put some butter under the breast skin, stuffed half a red onion and half granny smith apple inside.  Got my MES maintaining 230 with a 70/30 mix of mesquite and apple wood, also put a small amount of water in .  I like that nice smokey flavor so I was not worried about overpowering with the mesquite.  Laid breast side up, smoked 3.5 hours at 230 and I had internal temps of 175 in the deepest part of the thigh.  I was very worried about preparing everything correctly and nervous it would not turn out well like the first bird so I did not take too many pictures of preparation.  Then on Thanksgiving I may have had a few too many but I snapped a shot of the smoker in action and the final product.  Everyone said they loved the turkey, I think I'm on the hook to do it every year now.

On a side note, I do eventually want to get the cold smoke attachment and make some homemade bacon.  But in the meantime, I think I am going to dive into some ribs and then brisket.  Very excited to be a part of this community!
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Glad you joined us omar, congrats on the MES and great looking bird... :welcome1: from North Dakota!


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Hey Omar

Welcom to the forum.  That bird looks like it turned out just great.  Gotta tell you,though, I'm really jealous about the 50% off on the Mes 30



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Joined Nov 4, 2013

I was very lucky, they ran the deal at Tractor Supply Company a few weeks back.  I was able to call and get the last one in stock around noon.

gary s

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Hello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything  ........  
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