getting the bark

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ajsmokes, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. ajsmokes

    ajsmokes Meat Mopper

    I have a MES 30 and have a problem getting a good bark. Can anyone tell me the trick?
     
  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Cook it low and slow, no water in the pan, do not foil it
     
  3. ajsmokes

    ajsmokes Meat Mopper

    I have one in the smoker now. If I take the water pan out would it make a difference?
     
  4. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    If the water pan is empty you can leave it in, you may want to have the pan foiled
     
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2015
  5. ajsmokes

    ajsmokes Meat Mopper

    I have a foil pan in there to catch the drippings I'm gonna separate the fat from the drippings and make a killer sauce but I've never been able to get much of a bark
     
  6. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    The other posters have you covered. Your rub can determine how much and what kind of bark you get too. As well as spritzing with apple cider/dark rum. Don't foil. You will get bark providing your cooking temp is not too low.
     
  7. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Do you have a good set of temperature probes? So that you know what temp your smoker and the meat are really at? I would not trust the factory ones if that is what you are using. It would be good to check to see if you are smoking at the correct temp.
     
  8. ajsmokes

    ajsmokes Meat Mopper

    I have a good probe. But right now I'm just using the factory ones. I didn't realize they could be wrong.. what would you suggest for probes though?
     
  9. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic

    Maverick's are good. Need to check in boiling water whatever the brand. Should read close to 212 degrees or boiling point at your elevation in case you are on top of a mountain.
     
  10. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I use the maverick et-732 dual probe wireless and you will find that most of us have that or the et-733 which is very similar. I have heard great things about the Igrill2 as well. Those smokers are known to have shotty probes that are as much as 80 degrees off. Check your other one with boiling water. water boils at 212 degrees give or take depending on elevation. Then check the unit probes against it.
     
  11. ajsmokes

    ajsmokes Meat Mopper

    I think I'll just buy a maverick and call it good.. I checked with other meat probe and it's like 10 degrees lower than the one in the smoker.
     
  12. grillmonkey

    grillmonkey Smoking Fanatic

    Good idea. They work great.
     
  13. ajsmokes

    ajsmokes Meat Mopper

    Thanks all for the tips.. much appreciated
     

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