HELP!!

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by bluebombersfan, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just about to start my very first smoke in my 30" MES.  My question is should I put water in the water pan, I am smoking 4lbs of Hi Mountain Snackin sticks. [​IMG]
     
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't usually use a water pan when I am making sticks but I have never used  a MES either.
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2011
  3. I would put water in the pan.  If you line the pan with foil, you will add a lot of life to the pan also.
     
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I never made Hi Mt Snack Sticks, but I never put water in my pan when making my unstuffed Beef sticks, and they turn out just right. I think a lot has to do with the amount of time you take to get them to your target, and how thick they are. If you smoke for a whole lot of hours, at a low temp, you might want to add water, but if you're keeping it under 8 hours, you shouldn't need it. IMO

    Doesn't Hi Mt say anything about it in their directions?

    Bear
     
  5. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    they just say 1 1/2 to 2 hours with smoke on and then until IT reaches 165F DO NOT OVER SMOKE
     
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    At what Temp?
     
  7. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    200F sorry I forgot that info
     
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Then I would definitely NOT put water in the pan. They'll be done quick enough to not get too dry (or in English---They'll be moist enough without water in the pan).

    However---Cover your pan with foil, and put it in place while smoking. It should always be in place.

    Bear
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2011
  9. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks very much for your help,  would you suggest a different cook temp?  little lower and slower?
     
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Probably not for those.

    I'm guessing they're pretty thin, like maybe 3/8" to 1/2". If you used a lower temp, you'd have to smoke them longer to get to 160˚/165˚. Then they could get dry or hard.

    If they were 3/4" to 1" or more in thickness, I'd do them lower (140˚ to 160˚) for awhile (4 or 5 hours), and then take it to 190˚ or 200˚ to get them to 160˚/165˚. This is just what I would do---Others may differ.

    Bear 
     
     
  11. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thansk for the help Bear!  I appreciate it!
     
  12. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bear is right...Your snack sticks have lots of water in them anyways, so I would not use water in the pan either.

    The water pan is used for moisture, heat sink and also a heat deflector in a MES.  I suggest you use it, but don't use any water.  Your snack sticks should get to temp pretty quickly, especially if you don't open the door to peek!!

    Are you hanging your sticks or laying them on the racks?

    Here's a pic of my EZ Sausage Rack

    [​IMG]

    Todd
     
  13. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    They are laying on the racks.  Your right about the temp they are shooting up pretty quick.
     
  14. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Do you get a more even temp when you hang your sticks? 
     
     

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