Starting my first smoke now!

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by titansmoker, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. Got three spare ribs with three different rubs going in my mes30 in 15 minutes...ecstatic!

    How often should I load chips and how much chips? Mixing Apple and hickory.

  2. I keep smoke going the first 3 hours if I am using the 3-2-1 then the last hour. If I am not foiling I go the whole time. I use a AMNPS which makes life much better. You can mix the chips any way you want. Remember to keep the door closed. Have you checked to see if the temp you set is the temp it is?

    Happy smoken.

  3. I set it to 225 to warm up and then I put the ribs in and then a cup of chips. Temp jumped to 245 I guess just because the chips. Temp is starting to go back down now though.
  4. Thanks so much for all the tips. Everything tastes great!
  5. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the forum.

    As you are new to smoking, now is the perfect time to get a good assessment as how to smoke.  First get a note book and start a smoking log.  You will want to keep record of the type of species of the wood, the type of wood, dust, chips, pellets or chunks and the amount by weight.  What you are cooking along with the ambient, internal smoker and internal product temps, color and the density of the smoke along with the time the smoke is applied.  Smoke may not need to be applied for the whole duration of the cook.  Most likely your personal taste will determine this.

      It may seem like a lot of work in the beginning, but the information collected will become invaluable information in the future.  You can keep records of your results by smoking and observing the results by smoking crackers.  It will give you a good idea of the difference each change makes.

      By taking the time to do this now will answer many questions you may have in the future.

    Have fun,


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