First Run for Repaired MES

Discussion in 'Pork' started by homebrew & bbq, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. homebrew & bbq

    homebrew & bbq Smoking Fanatic

    I haven't been able to do any smoking in quite a while. The wires to the heating element in my MES had burned off. I finally found the right wiring and the time to get it fixed.

    I bought some "assorted" pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick) on sale because they were about to outdate. I thought I'd try to replicate the flavor of the smoked pork chops you can buy at the store or at some restaurants. So they went into a simple brine (just salt and brown sugar) to try and replicate that "hammy"/cured flavor.

    I was going to brine them for two days, but life intervened and it ended up being three. They went to the MES at 240° with some hickory smoke. The only additional seasoning (other than the brine) was a little black pepper. Since they were so thin it only took about 50 minutes before they were done. I put a few ham balls in with them just so the smoker didn't look so empty. [​IMG]

    The MES worked better than it had for months before it finally quit. The pork chops tasted kind of like the pre-made smoked pork chops and yet they were different, but I can't really explain how. The extra day in the brine had them tasting a little saltier than I would have liked but they were still good. My tasters gave them a "9". [​IMG] The smoked ham balls were pretty good too.

    Here are the before and after pictures.

  2. scrapiron

    scrapiron Smoke Blower

    That did it! I am half starved to death here. Stomach is sending up a recon team to see if the the throat had been disconnected. Big worm is chasing the little worm in my stomach with a fork and knife. I am drowning in drool as well. Those looked better than a "9" to me.
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Those look great [​IMG]
  4. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Look great Brew-glad your up & running again-I sure could'nt stand not being able to smoke.
  5. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Fine lookin vittles! Nothin like a smoked chop!
  6. stoney-dog

    stoney-dog Newbie

    Homebrew those chops look really good. what are ham balls? i have never heard of them before.
  7. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good lookin' Q my friend, pork chops are one of my favorite cuts of pork, and you did them right!
  8. bigarm's smokin

    bigarm's smokin Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That looks great Terry. I think I will try your idea on the next smoke. [​IMG]
  9. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking grub.............and glad you got your MES going again................
  10. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking chops, Terry! I'll be trying those soon.

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