Spare ribs in the MES

Discussion in 'Pork' started by whatamess, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. Did up a rack of spare ribs on Sunday from a recipe in one of Jeff's emails for adding an extra something to the 3-2-1 method, man was it good.

    Trimmed the ribs St. Louis style (excellent instructions from Jeff again). Had a jar of Memphis Dust mixed up so I applied liberally.

    The MES hovered around 235 for the smoke and I loaded up the AMNPS with hickory and smoked for 3 hours, 2 hours foiled meat side down in a bed of brown sugar, butter and more rub, then back on the smoker and for the last hour I added some Jack Daniels barrel chips in the chip drawer. Wow these were tasty.

    I still had a problem with the AMNPS jumping to the second row halfway through, luckily ia caught it quickly when I saw the billowing smoke. Even though I had pellets 1/4 inch below the top. I noticed the metal on the bottom is warped under the triangle row separator from starting it with a heat gun, that metal gets cherry red. I wonder if embers are getting in and under that piece? I'll have to get it hot and try bending it back. Still having problems burning too fast I have the chip loader and drawer all the way in, I also plugged the drain hole at the back. Could be my pellets I suppose. Still comes out mighty fine eating. Thanks for looking!
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  2. Fine looking grub there!  [​IMG]   You might want to consider a mailbox mod for your AMNPS - I never looked back once I tried it  [​IMG]
  3. I'm thinking about it, it gets too hot and burns too quick in beside the element for my liking.
  4. Yup I know what you mean. Also with the mailbox mod you don't have to worry about keeping anything from dripping on your pellets, losing heat if you have to add pellets on a real long smoke & it won't add any heat at all when you cold smoke  [​IMG]
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Ribs & Plate Look Great !!!

    If yours is an MES 30, I would try putting a sheet (thin wall) of metal to the right of the AMNPS, between it & the chip burner assembly.

    You could also make the height of the pellets even lower.

    If your pellets are burning too fast too, it sounds like you're getting more air flow than any other MES---Most guys don't get enough air & mine is just right.

    I would go to the Mailbox mod too, but only as a last resort.

    It's so nice to not have to dick around with more things, if they aren't needed.

  6. yotzee

    yotzee Smoking Fanatic

    That's a fine looking meal right there!
  7. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking ribs
  8. Thanks Bear I will fashion an extra heat deflector and see if that slows things down. You're right mine doesn't seem to lack air, I run it with everything closed tight. I have a chimney exhaust on it maybe it's creating more draw than normal.
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2014
  9. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes sir! Maybe just shorten that chimney.
  10. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice looking plate.....ribs and French fries....what could be better.....Willie
  11. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those are terrific looking ribs, Very well done.

    Last edited: Apr 8, 2014
  12. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I shield mine with aluminum foil.  Seems to work good.
  13. Thanks all. Forgot to mention I tried sand in my water bowl for the first time and I think it made a difference in keeping my temps stable I had less swings and faster recovery. Worked well.

    Thursday night or Friday I'm going to rig up a heat shield I'll see how it goes. I did a cold smoke tonight and had a little over three hours on a row, I get half that hot smoking.
  14. Yup - sand can be a big help as you found out  [​IMG]
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    With that heat shield, also put the lit end of your AMNPS on the far left, away from the heat element.

  16. Thanks bear that's how I've been running it so far, I wondered if turning it around so lit end is closest to element wouldn't heat the unburned pellets so much? But it sounds like you've experimented with that.
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's my thinking too. The extra heat from having the lit end closer to the element can help get the lit end hot enough to jump rows.

    Putting the lit end on the left, and a heat shield to the right of the AMNPS could stop that & slow it down.

    Let me know how it works.

    Last edited: Apr 11, 2014
  18. Bear, I finally got around to making a heat shield. I think I have a winner. It doubled my burn time and doesn't jump anymore. It is tight to the back wall and flush with the top lip of the bottom drip tray, leaving about and inch gap at the bottom, and flush with the front of the chip tray. Take a look.

  19. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's Great---I figured that would help!!![​IMG][​IMG]

    Looks like you're good to go now!!

    Nice job on the baffle---slides right down into place---Great heat protection for the AMNPS !!!


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