Simplicity

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by mattswimbikerun, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. Looking for a forum for those of us that like or need to keep things simple when it comes to smoking. Whatever the reason may be: time, money, energy, situation, etcetera…
     
  2. Starting with some Bratwurst this evening. Electric smoker, temp at 225, hickory chips at start and every hour, water pan filled with beer/water mix. Thoughts?
     
  3. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    if you are using the MES you may need to put a palm full of chips in closer to every 30 -45 min.

     If you want real simplicity buy the amazen smoker. no chips to fool with. pour the saw dust or pellets in the tray light it . set it in your smoker and forget it. dust will smoke 3-4 hrs pellets for 8-10 hrs.

      The water pan needs nothing but water. i have tried various juices and concoctions  and have not found that they add any flavor. Drink the beer and enjoy your smoke

     I have been using the MES for over 5 years and have gotten to where i don't even use thermometers on brisket or butts. use them on prime rib and fowl.  This hobby is not near as complicated as people make it out to be.
     
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  4. Definitely will drink the beer. Using the MES. A little nervous about over smoking…
     
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Make sure and say a little prayer before you start. I tried an exorcism..... didn't work. Voodoo priestess turned and walked away, she was scared.....
     
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  6. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Foam you didn't go paint your x on marie laveaus grave.
     
  7. Did you forget to sacrifice a goat?
     
  8. Since I'm going to drink the beer I'll do a toast instead…😁
     
  9. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    as long as you are using only a palm full of chips at a time you will get the right amount of smoke. Leave the exhaust vent fully open.  if you can smell smoke it's smoking.
     
  10. Doesn't leaving the exhaust vent fully open lose a lot of moisture? Is that desired when smoking brats?
     
  11. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Eman was cooking it!
     
  12. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    us folks in Louisiana eat most anything that crawls walks flys or swims But this guy does not eat goat or lamb. tryed it many different ways and just don't like it.
     
  13. Starting simple…
     
  14. Goat on a spit over an open fire... [​IMG]
     
  15. Seems 225 is a little high. Meat probe was at 140 within the first hour but at least none split yet. Turned temp down to 200. Thoughts?
     
  16. Are you using the built in thermometer?
     
  17. Yes.
     
  18. Not sure about the MES, but stock thermometers are notoriously off. 
     
  19. Fixed the problem by switching from beer to whiskey. Seems my ability to smoke is in direct relation to what I'm drinking 😁. Actually, all is well. Smokin at 215 with a nice steady smoke and brat has not split. 45 min to go…
     
  20. Brats turned out great!
     

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