Just got a MES 30" smoker.

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jughead, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. jughead

    jughead Newbie

    Got it seasoned and made first attempt at smoking.  Got some baby back ribs, put them in and surprisingly they were done in about 2.5hr.  Temp was set @ 225.  I was expecting them to cook for 4-5 hrs.  Internal temp was 155-160.

    How much water do you normally put in the water pan cuz it seemed like they were getting steamed instead of smoked.?

    This pic was after about an hour or so.  They came out good I guess but seemed too dry on the outside.


    This is how I normally BBQ ribs:

  2. tjohnson

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

    Hey Jughead

    Welcome to SMF!!

    IMHO....Water is used for extra moisture, or a heat sink. 

    At 225°, you create a lot of unnecessary steam inside your smoker.

    I don't use water in my water pan, but keep it installed, and cover it with foil for EZ cleaning

  3. jughead

    jughead Newbie

    Well now I know why the ribs cooked so fast.  Temp set @ 225°....  Actual temp = 250°
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF Jughead! Glad to have you with us!

    Would you please update your profile info to include your location, then go on over to roll call & introduce yourself so we can all give you a proper SMF welcome. Thank-you.

    You may want to take the free e-course & also learn the 3-2-1 method for smoking ribs.

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