Masterbuilt First Timer and First Pulled Pork

Discussion in 'Pork' started by thunder71, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. I originally put this in the wrong forum and was told it'd be alright to put it here where it belonged - thanks!

    Figured I'd give the Masterbuilt I got last week some kudos.

    I had been tossing around the idea of a smoker for almost a year now, and was debating between the Weber and the Masterbuilt. Obviously I chose the Masterbuilt, but the reasons aren't necessarily that I feel it's a superior product, but for me it came down to:

    1. First smoker, how often will I use it?

    2. Ease of use.

    3. Virtually set it and forget it (just have to add wood as needed).

    4. Price, $159 on sale finalized the decision.

    Although the smoker I got had great reviews, I was still skeptical due to the occasional bad review, but decided it was time to make the move and start smoking.

    So, last Wednesday I went and picked it up, was the last one in stock and grabbed some apple wood chips to go with it as I was planning on doing a pork shoulder as my first attempt. Unpacked it when I got home from work and set it up right away, then it was time for the seasoning process, which went without a hitch... 3 hours 15 minutes at 275 and 45 minutes with a cup of chips at the end.

    Stopped and picked up 2 small pork shoulders Friday after work (they only had small ones, 3 and 4 pound).

    Got those home and put on the following rub and let them sit in Ziploc bags overnight:

    Carolina BBQ Rub

    2 tablespoons salt
    2 tablespoons sugar
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    2 tablespoons ground cumin
    2 tablespoons chili powder
    2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
    1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
    1/4 cup paprika

    The next morning I took them out of the fridge and got the smoker going, set to 225 and waited about 30 minutes to reach temp. I also decided to use an empty water pan for this cook. Set up the Maverick 732 and put in the meat, internal temp of the meat read 37* at this time, colder than I had expected. After the door was closed I added my initial load of about 1/2 cup of wood chips.

    And waited... adding chips when I noticed the smoke going away for the first 3 hours.

    During the cook the Masterbuilt read 225 and the Maverick read about 250-260. The difference could be accuracy variances or placement, or a combo of each, but I decided to go with the Masterbuilt temp and see what happened for my first cook.

    Smoke was no problem, and temps held solid the whole duration of the cook, varying only a few degrees.

    To keep my occupied I made some BBQ sauce to go with it, using this recipe (ended up making 3 batches, it's really good):

    1 c. catsup
    1/4 c. brown sugar
    1/4 c. onion, finely chopped
    1/4 c. orange juice
    1/4 c. white vinegar
    2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
    Boil for 5 minutes.

    Meat went in at 8am sharp, and at 3:30pm it had finally reached an internal temp of 190, my guess at 7 hours was pretty close as the timer had about 30 minutes left on it.

    I took the meat out and brought it into the house [it smelled delicious]. It was done as the meat would pull apart just trying to get at the bone. I decided to leave the bones in during the resting period, which I let go for an hour (after trying the few pieces that happened to, umm, fall off).

    After an hour in foil I went to work, pulled the bones out easily and started pulling it apart... Was my first time doing this so I'm sure my method was a joke, but I got it done good enough.

    Meat had a nice dark bark on it that was simply incredible and the smoke flavor was just right (not overpowering at all). The BBQ recipe I used went with the rub perfectly, we've had it twice already and it's definitely a hit with the entire family of 5.

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  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Congrats on your first Butts, Thunder!!![​IMG]

    Looks Great !![​IMG]

  3. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That looks great! Nothing like breaking in a new smoker with some pulled pork.  Which masterbuilt did you get?  I have the Masterbuilt Dual Fuel which I have only used with propane so far and its great.  Those door thermometers are always off it seems.  Next time, try using chunks.  The bigger they are, the less often you have to keep feeding the smoker.  Congrats on the first smoke!
  4. Thanks for the tip, good to know I can use chunks effectively as that's what I normally use on my grill. I got the electric 20070910 model.

    8am, start of the cook, with Maverick 732 keeping me informed:

  5. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking pulled pork. I'd love some of that.

  6. Thanks guys! I had a great time with it and look forward to many more cooks over the years... just trying to decide what to do next. (As I browse the forum for ideas...) :)
  7. Welcome!  Nice looking pulled pork  [​IMG]   I use an MES too & you're gonna really like yours - they do a good job  [​IMG]   I use an AMNPS to generate smoke in mine.  Enjoy your new obsession!  [​IMG]  
  8. Thanks!

    That brings up a question I have... does the built-in system not work for some? Seems to be doing plenty good on mine, but I see a lot of people adding the cold smoker kit or the AMNPS.
  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It doesn't work good for most, and there's no electric built in system that can give you perfect smoke continuously for up to 12 hours without touching it, like the AMNS and/or AMNPS can.

  10. Yup what Bear said ^^  I like being able to sleep during all night smokes like brisket & butt & you can cold smoke with the AMNPS too  [​IMG]  
  11. doc halliday

    doc halliday Newbie

    What is an AMNS and a AMNPS?????
  12. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Last edited: Apr 19, 2014
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    An AMNS is A-Maze-N-Smoker----------Uses saw dust, and is good for smoking temps under 200*.

    An AMNPS is A-Maze-N-Pellet-Smoker----------Uses Pellets at Temps up to at least 275*----Also can burn Dust.


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